This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in NY, shows police talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in NY, on July 4, 2018.
(CNN) - A woman who was part of a group of protesters climbed up to the robes of the Statue of Liberty Wednesday and declared that she won't come down until "all the children are released", a source with the New York Police Department told CNN.
The group Rise and Resist stage a protest at the Statue of Liberty in NY, U.S. July 4, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Police, standing on a ladder and a ledge nearby, tried to talk the climber into descending.
The park service also was taking a closer look at the statue to see if there was any damage, though that's unlikely, Willis said.
Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest US immigrationpolicy. By Wednesday evening, she was in federal custody, where she'll be transferred to a US Marshals office in Manhattan. 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.
According to rescuers, the woman was upset over children separations' from their families at the border. "We will let everyone know how they can further support her as soon as we find out more info".
Walker said the other demonstrators had no idea the woman would make the ascent, which wasn't part of the planned protest.
Okoumou, who emigrated from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1994, highlighted her opposition to the Trump administration and its immigration policies. A federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration late last month to reunite the more than 2,000 children with their parents in 30 days. Trump has said on Twitter that abolishing ICE will "never happen!"
Tourists in NY no doubt wanted to see the Statue of Liberty up close on this Independence Day, but thanks to these protesters' illegal behavior, they'll have to wait until next year. It was removed after an hour of being discovered, AP reports. The banner read "Abolish ICE", a reference to the federal law enforcement agency that handles deportations.
On June 28, hundreds of women activists marched from Washington D.C.'s Freedom Plaza to Capitol Hill to protest Trump's "zero tolerance" policy and to call for ICE to be abolished.