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Shortly before the climber scaled the statue's base, forcing its evacuation on the Fourth of July, several people who hung a banner from the Statue of Liberty's pedestal calling for abolishing the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency were arrested.

At one point, she told authorities that she would only come down when parents are reunited with all migrant children separated due to a Trump administration policy that was reversed last month in response to domestic and global outrage.

Immigration activists continue to demand the Trump administration end its zero tolerance policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the border. Rise and Resist released a statement Wednesday night, saying in part: "The person who climbed the Statue of Liberty was one of forty participants in our planned banner action, but her decision to climb the statue was made independently of the group, without consulting any other member of the group".

She was apprehended by New York Police Department officers after a almost four-hour standoff as she refused to descend from the national monument's base.

"Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady that I care about so much about, said, 'When they go low, we go high, '" Okoumou said. U.S. Parks Police Sgt. David Somma told CBS News that she was "refusing to come down" at around 4:30 p.m. The island was being evacuated as a precaution.

'In a democracy, we do not put children in cages.

A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt" pleaded not guilty Thursday to misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct.

"You see that clown yesterday on the Statue of Liberty", Trump asked the crowd of 1000s. Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July 4th holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down.

Bree Newsome, an artist who gained nationwide attention in 2015 after she lowered a Confederate flag in SC, honored Okoumou on Twitter. "She was on the copper of a national icon", Willis said, adding that the copper is very thin and malleable.

A National Park service spokesman said Thursday that Okoumou used a ledge above a doorway on the public observation deck to hoist herself onto base of the monument, reports CBS2's Reena Roy.

Police on ladders were trying to reach the woman at the statue's base, multiple live videos showed.

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman was able to make the climb, Willis said.

If Okoumou is convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of six months in prison on each of the three counts. "She's survived quite well".

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