Brazen activists taunted the Trump administration’s controversial travel ban with a “Refugees Welcome” banner strapped to Lady Liberty on Tuesday afternoon.
National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said the 3-by-20-foot banner was hung from the public observation deck at the top of the statue’s pedestal.
It was reportedly raised just before 1 p.m. and taken down an hour later — but not before dozens of sightseers gazed upon the Liberty Island’s mother of exiles.
Brazilian tourist Vitória Londero spotted the banner during her three-week visit to NYC.
“I think it was a very brave attitude,” Londero told the Daily News. “The symbolism was perfect.”
Despite the banner’s inclusive message, the park prohibits anything fixed to the historic colossal.
The so-called Alt-Lady Liberty group on Twitter took credit for unfurling the daring stunt.
A spokesman for the activists said droves of protesters flooding John F. Kennedy International Airport to fight President Trump’s executive order inspired the group to speak up. The ban, now ensnared in a legal quagmire, blocked travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“All of us have an immigrant story in our recent history,” the activist told The News from an undisclosed hideout in Brooklyn. He only identified himself as David. “New York is such a diverse place, so many people from so many parts of the world. That message of immigrants making America great, everyone understands that here.”
The banner was still attached to the statue as he and others left on a ferry.
David also commended the Park Service employees for doing a “great job” maintaining the Statue of Liberty.
U.S. Park Police officials said they have the banner in their custody and are investigating the incident.
The banner appeared a day after the Department of Homeland Security announced expanded immigration enforcement policies.
With News Wire Services