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Activists unfurl "refugees welcome" banner on Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: The Statue of Liberty stands in New York Harbor in the snow on January 31, 2017 in New York City. With President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, the subject of who can come to America has once again become a hotly debated topic in the country. The executive order temporarily bars immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya, and indefinitely prevents all Syrian refugees, from entering the U.S. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

According to The Hill, a group of activists climbed to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and unfurled a 2o by 3 foot banner that read "refugees welcome" upon it.

The banner was soon removed by park rangers after determining that doing so would not damage the monument in any way. Police are now looking for the four activists who hung the banner. At this time, the only clue is a man named "David."

An activist who identified himself only as David told Fusion that he was one of the people behind the banner. He said the idea came about in response to President Trump’s travel ban.

“This was first conceived in response to what’s been called the ‘travel ban’ of the Trump administration, which I think flies in the face of the founding principals of the United States,” he told Fusion.

“I think the Statue of Liberty is our best symbol of the role that immigrants have played and continue to play every day in this country," he added.

The "travel ban" David is referring to is the one Trump attempted to push through via executive order, but was shot down by the circuit court.


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