At least one person is reportedly scaling the Statue of Liberty after an “Abolish ICE” protest resulted in multiple arrests.
The person appears to be sitting near the feet of Lady Liberty, as seen in helicopter video footage. National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says police are trying to persuade the climber to descend.
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The park was shut down and is being evacuated as a precaution, an official told Fox News.
Earlier Wednesday, at least six people were arrested after they hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest U.S. immigration policy. In a tweet, the group said the person climbing the statue has no affiliation with the earlier protest.
— Rise and Resist (@riseandresistny) July 4, 2018
The Trump administration has been heavily criticized by those on both sides of the aisle after thousands of minors were separated from their families at the border after crossing it illegally. After national outrage, President Trump signed an executive order in late June allowing families to remain together in detention.