(TIML NEWS) Activists taking issue with U.S. President Donald Trump’s attitude toward immigrants and refugees unfurled a banner at the foot of the Statue of Liberty Tuesday, reading, “Refugees Welcome,” but it was removed a short time later.
“The banner was hung yesterday 2/21/17 at about 12:45 PM. There were four people involved in hanging it. We have no group, but are just private citizens who feel that the principles that make America great are under attack. We wanted to send a reminder about the America we believe in,” the people behind Alt Lady Liberty Twitter account told Curbed NY in a statement.
The 3-foot-by-20-foot banner was hung with nylon rope on the wall of the public observation deck, the National Park Service said. Rangers were sent in to remove it, and it was taken down about 1:42 p.m.
Lady Liberty, which has graced New York Harbor since 1886, has become a symbol for protesters in the weeks since Trump’s now-suspended executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program was issued.
The new order is expected to spell out that green card holders would not be subject to the ban and would address the due process issues cited by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals when it upheld U.S. District Judge James Robart’s temporary restraining order.
The original order barred refugees from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for at least 90 days and from Syria indefinitely. The refugee program was suspended for at least 120 days while “extreme vetting” procedures are developed.