Protester who climbed Statue of Liberty charged in federal court

The woman scaled the base of the statue and was perched on the robes

Okoumou, of Staten Island, was born and educated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but she has lived in NY for at least 10 years now, records have indicated.

She tried to climb higher again as rescuers inched even closer but still failed to make progress.

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 global outrage. ABC New York reports that there could be more than one person involved.

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.

"The message was sent-no child belongs in a cage", Okoumou said.

Rise and Resist said it was working to get legal representation for Okoumou. Latina Leaders to Watch 2018 Schumer: "Not American' to call for harassment of political opponents MORE in explaining her protest".

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Okoumou was charged Thursday with one count of trespassing, one count of interference with agency functions, and one count of disorderly conduct, according to authorities, according to ABC News.

The officers said initially she was hostile, but they kept calmly talking to her.

Watters said Okoumou, a demonstrator protesting the president's immigration policy, is "totally selfish" and "cost the city a lot of money".

It is not yet clear exactly why the woman scaled the structure.

Under Trump's zero-tolerance policy, the government has begun requiring border agents to arrest and prosecute anyone caught entering the country illegally.

By 6 pm police officers had brought her down and arrested.

A National Park service spokesman said Thursday that Okoumou used a ledge above a doorway on the public observation deck to hoist herself onto base of the monument, reports CBS2's Reena Roy.

"She just kind of mentioned the kids in Texas", Officer Brian Glacken said in a news conference Wednesday evening.

Other Rise and Resist protesters unfurled a banner over a railing around the base of Lady Liberty saying "Abolish ICE!" and at least seven people were arrested on Liberty Island. "It was not part of our action", Quinn said.

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.

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