Guess Who Inspired the Statue of Liberty Climber

Guess Who Inspired the Statue of Liberty Climber

- Therese Okoumou, who goes by Patricia, walked out of federal court a free woman the day after scaling the Statue of Liberty to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policy.

My client is an immigrant who came to this country because of those words and she climbed the Statue of Liberty because she believes that every time a family is separated, every time an immigrant is criminalized, we betray those words.

A group that organized a protest at the statue earlier Wednesday says she also took part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal, but they did not know about Okoumou's plans to make the climb after their demonstration was over.

Okoumou, a US citizen who immigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, pled not guilty to charges of misdemeanor trespassing, interference with government agency functions and disorderly conduct, according to CBS.

A woman climbed the exterior of the structure of the Statue of Liberty and then sat down by one of the statue's feet around 4 p.m., authorities said.

"Rise and Resist planned a banner drop today at the Statue of Liberty".

Okoumou is affiliated with the protest group Rise and Resist, according to Martin Joseph Quinn, an organizer of the group. "No children belong in a cage".

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The climber ascended from the observation point, National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis said.

"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, adding that she would not be able to do so again because "the judge told me not to".

- Known as an immigration activist, she once filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, seeking a judicial review and reversal of a "determination" it made regarding alleged incidents of abuse that Okoumou suffered at the hands of a social services agency.

The woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on the 4th of July and sat underneath the sandal of Lady Liberty for hours is speaking out.

Trump, at a rally in Great Falls, Montana, called Okoumou a "clown" and praised the Park Police for getting her down safely.

A quote on the statue welcomes immigrants, reading: "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free", and many believe Okoumou found that iconic structure as the ideal place to bring to the fore the plight of immigrant children being held away from their jailed parents. Last week, Judge Eric Bruggink of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled in Davidson's favor, awarding him $3.5 million in damages.

Each count carries has a maximum penalty of six months in prison and a fine.

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