A group that organized an immigration protest at the statue earlier Wednesday says she had taken part in unfurling a banner at the statue's pedestal.
ICE refers to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, whose recent reatment of families who have crossed illegally into the United States from Mexico provoked an global outcry.
His call forced the evacuation of Liberty Island, sending 3,200 people on boats back to lower Manhattan and New Jersey.
U.S. Park Police Major Pamela Smith said the incident "caused disruption to thousands of visitors on one of the busiest days of the year at the Statue of Liberty". He says federal regulations prohibit hanging banners from the monument. CNN reports she told police she wouldn't come down until "all the children are released".
Immigration activists continue to demand the Trump administration end its zero tolerance policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the border. "This action did not include the climber on the statue", the organization said in a tweet.
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Cruise operator Statue Cruises said it had to turn away more than 2,000 people waiting to take their tour to the famed statue. It was later found out that the other seven had a banner stating "Abolish ICE", but the climber was not with them.
Okoumou allegedly "staged a risky stunt that alarmed the public and endangered her own life and the lives of the (New York Police Department) officers who responded to the scene", U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement.
As a result of Trump's crackdown, distraught children were separated from their families and, according to widely broadcast pictures, held in chain-link enclosures. They were holding off a banner that stated "Abolish ICE". Two officers attached to ropes finally walked onto the base around 6:15 p.m. and led her to a ladder where she climbed to the observation deck about 25 feet below. The protester climbed all the way to the very base of the statue, itself, sitting just below Lady Liberty's raised heel.
Rise and Resist planned a banner drop today at the Statue of Liberty. But Trump, a Republican, said on Twitter last week that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"
Martin Joseph Quinn, an organizer of with the group, told CNN the climb was not supposed to be a part of their demonstration Wednesday.
The Statue of Liberty, standing 93 meters from the tip of its torch to the ground, is a gift from the people of France to the people of the US.