Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter
A woman who climbed the Statue of Libertys base July 4 to protest President Donald Trumps immigration policy and claimed she couldnt bear the thought of “children in cages” received her conviction Monday.
Judge Gabriel Gorenstein announced the decision after Therese Okoumou, 44, testified Monday. She was convicted of misdemeanor charges and could be in prison for up to 18 months, The Associated Press reported Monday. (RELATED: Crazy ICE Protester Scales Statue Of Liberty, Forces Tourists To Evacuate)
BREAKING: A person has climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island has been evacuated while authorities attempt to bring the person down, a National Park Service official says https://t.co/1Lx5Hjasfw pic.twitter.com/7j46Jbq1av
— CNN (@CNN) July 4, 2018
Trump previously had a zero-tolerance policy that separated families trying to cross the border illegally, but he signed an executive order meant to detain illegal immigrant families together June 20.
Visitors to the statue had to be evacuated and Liberty Island was shut down as a result of Okoumous climb. She refused to come down from the base, and a prosecutor said if she had fallen, she was high enough up that she could have seriously injured herself or others.
The whole ordeal took around four hours, according to the AP.
Okoumou is an immigrant herself, originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has lived in New York for at least a decade, according to the New York Daily News.
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