President Donald Trump unveiled his latest immigration plans through the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, which targets all immigrants – regardless of criminal history. The memo instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport every undocumented immigrant they come face to face with.
But there was one group that didn’t get the memo and decided to hang a 20-foot red banner on the Statue of Liberty’s observation deck instead. The banner read, “Refugees Welcome.”
Although the banner was removed by National Park Service rangers an hour later, people still had the chance to take photos with the meaningful message.
An activist group called Alt Statue of Liberty soon claimed responsibility for the stunt. A statement was released about the main objective:
"We have no formal group – just private citizens who felt like we needed to say something about America we believe in."
In an email to CNN, the group continued:
"Almost all Americans have descendants from somewhere else. Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great. Refugees are welcome here, Muslims are welcome here and immigrants are welcome here.
"And it's not just our ancestors. Every American knows an immigrant or a refugee. We wanted to send a reminder about America when we're at our best – the country that's a beacon of freedom to the world, built by immigrants. Walling off countries or entire religions is against our values. That's what the Statue of Liberty stands for."