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This still image taken from video Courtesy of PIX11 News in NY, shows police (L) talking to a woman who climbed to the base of the Statue of Liberty in NY on July 4, 2018.

A WOMAN is facing multiple federal charges after she scaled the Statue of Liberty in NY to protest President Trump's immigration policy.

Rise and Resist member Annette Guadino confirms to News 4 that the Statue of Liberty climber is a member of their organization but her action was taken on her own.

Earlier, seven people were arrested by the United States Park Police after unrolling a banner that read "Abolish I.C.E", at the statue. But, Quinn said, her climb was not part of the planned protest.

Local media first reported that the woman was among demonstrators opposed to Mr Trump's immigration policy who protested at the site earlier in the day.

As they approached, she initially moved away, took off her shoes and appeared to be starting to climb further.

As TV news covered the incident live all afternoon, Okoumou stationed herself at the bottom of the statue, lounging under Lady Liberty's shoe and sitting in the folds of her dress.

The cops then put her into a harness and guided her down from the statue to safety. It took nearly four hours for police to finally get her down.

A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and now living in Staten Island, Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty on Wednesday after participating in an "Abolish ICE" protest with activist group Rise and Resist.

Therese Okoumou said Thursday after a court appearance on misdemeanor charges that her protest was spontaneous.

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 worldwide outrage.

Rise and Resist said it was working to get legal representation for Okoumou. Liberty Island, crowded with visitors on the July 4th holiday, was evacuated as police responded and attempted to coax her down. "We've had two unusual events occur back-to-back", National Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis told Eyewitness News.

Park officials are reportedly negotiating with the woman to come down. We understand and share her desire to see the immediate release of children from detention and reunion with their parents. He says federal code of regulations prohibits hanging banners from the monument.

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