An activist group that draped a 20-foot banner across the Statue of Liberty saying "Refugees Welcome" has a message for all of America.
The group, which calls itself Alt Lady Liberty, hung the red and white banner on the Statue of Liberty on Feb. 21, CNN reported. National Park Service rangers soon removed the sign, but not before images of the banner went viral on social media.
Alt Lady Liberty has issued a statement regarding the banner. It reads:
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.
The group also took to Twitter to share a photo of the banner, adding a caption: "We must heed the words of Lady Liberty: #RefugeesWelcome."