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Woman captured after scaling Statue of Liberty

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FoxNews.com - A woman has been captured on Liberty Island after scaling the Statue of Liberty.

The person, who appeared to be sitting near the feet of Lady Liberty -- roughly 25 feet above the monument's observation point, was apprehended by police Wednesday. 

The park was shut down hours before its 6:15 p.m. closing time and was evacuated as a precaution, a National Park Service official told Fox News.

Earlier Wednesday, at least six people were arrested after they hung a banner emblazoned with a message about abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. 

Activists with the group Rise and Resist say they hung the banner to protest U.S. immigration policy. In a tweet, the group said the person climbing the statue has no affiliation with the earlier protest. 

The Trump administration has been heavily criticized by those on both sides of the aisle after thousands of minors were separated from their families at the border after crossing it illegally. After national outrage, President Trump signed an executive order in late June allowing families to remain together in detention.

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