Someone is trying to climb the Statue of Liberty

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The protester, a woman wearing a "Rise and Resist" T-shirt, scaled Lady Liberty's base after other pro-illegal immigrant protesters were arrested for unfurling a banner reading "Abolish ICE".

Earlier, seven people were arrested by the United States Park Police after unrolling a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E", at the statue. The woman, who was acting out against the White House policy of separating illegal immigrant families at the border, was eventually captured after a tense standoff with police.

Thousands of people were evacuated from Liberty Island on July 4 after a woman scaled the monument to protest the Trump administration's immigration policies and refused to come down. While on the statue, she lay by the bottom edge of the statue's robe, walked around and sat perched against the national monument.

Television images showed two officers in climbing harnesses and helmets grabbing the woman as she reclined near the upturned right foot of the giant statue.

Willis says at least six people were taken into custody then. He says federal code of regulations prohibits hanging banners from the monument.

"That statue has been out in the middle of New York Harbor for 130 years - with hurricanes and lightning and everything that nature has thrown at her", he said.

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The Independence Day protests are far from the first to call for an end to Trump administration immigration policies. "We don't know if she did it on the spur of the moment or if she had been planning it beforehand", group member Jay Walker told The New York Daily News. "We don't condemn her for the choice she made, and we're going to do anything we can to support her", he said.

According to rescuers, the woman was upset over children separations' from their families at the border.

The NYPD is building a rope rescue system to help bring the woman down from the base, because officers don't believe she will come down on her own, a police source told CNN.

One of its members, Leon Kirschner, said: "ICE has proved to be a threat to our liberty and way of life, and should be abolished".

The Statue of Liberty has always been a welcoming symbol for immigrants and refugees coming to the U.S. It also has been a setting for protests and other activities that forced evacuations.

The statue was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and was designated a national monument in 1924.