A woman appeared in a USA court Thursday for attempting to scale the Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump's administration's separation of migrant families, a stunt that forced the monument's evacuation on Independence Day.
The Associated Press, citing a federal source, identified the woman as Therese Okoumou, who was protesting the separation of migrant children from their parents at the border.
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 worldwide outrage.
At least six people were arrested for hanging a banner around the base of the statue that read "Abolish ICE", referring to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency at the forefront of the immigration debate.
Therese Patricia Okoumou, 44, has been charged with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of Lady Liberty.
But outside court, Okoumou refused to answer questions about what she has to say to the thousands of visitors to the statue, whose 4th of July plans were upended by her actions.
"That's a representation of what the Statue of Liberty is there for".
Okoumou also thanked the emergency responders who climbed up the statue to bring her down after a four-hour standoff.
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Following her federal court appearance on Thursday, she addressed the immigration organization, "Rise and Resist", and said, "no child belongs in a cage. especially on a holiday like this". They detailed the complicated effort on Good Day New York.
"Michelle Obama, our beloved First Lady that I care so much about said, 'When they go low, we go high, ' and I went as high as I could", Okoumou said, sparking loud cheers from supporters. The National Park Service made a decision to evacuate more than 4,000 visitors from Liberty Island on Wednesday "out of an abundance of caution", said spokesman Jerry Willis.
Okoumou was scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate for an arraignment hearing, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said.
President Donald Trump, during a campaign rally in Montana, called her a "clown".
Other officials, meanwhile, were simultaneously impressed by Okoumou's dexterity, and angered by her method of protest.
"We assume that she is protesting", Willis said, based on the woman's remarks to police. She is due back in court August 3.
Okoumou, 44, is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo but now resides in Staten Island and has lived in NY for roughly a decade.