Watch: Congolese Statue of Liberty Climber Scales Texas Building to Demand Open Borders

A Congolese national who previously climbed the Statue of Liberty monument to protest all immigration enforcement in the United States has scaled an Austin, Texas, building to demand open borders.

This week, Therese Okoumou, a 44-year-old immigrant from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, scaled the Southwest Key building in Austin to protest the detention of border-crossers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Free the children,” Okoumou shouted from the top of the building, according to local media. “Let them go!”

Paramedics and firemen had to convince the Congolese national to climb down from the building after she spent eight hours atop the facility. After being taken to the hospital, Okoumou is expected to be charged with trespassing.

The stunt in support of open borders by Okoumou comes after she infamously climbed the Statue of Liberty last year in a demand to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

After being released from police custody, at the time, the Congolese national slandered Americans with a statement to the press, calling U.S. citizens “motherf*ckers” and “drug addicts.”

Okoumou came to the U.S. in 1994 from the Congo.

Currently, the U.S. admits more than a million legal immigrants annually, with the vast majority deriving from chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the country. In 2017, the foreign-born population reached a record high of 44.5 million.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder


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