Why A Group Of San Diegans Wants To Build A West Coast Statue Of Liberty
San Diego may soon be home to a West Coast-version of the Statue of Liberty.
After fundraising for the last year, the San Diego Organizing Project expects to break ground in the next couple of months on a 40-foot tall monument of the Virgin Mary overlooking the U.S.-Mexico border region.
The statue is meant to welcome a new generation of migrants and refugees to the United States.
As the backlash continues over the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli's comments about the meaning of a poem on the national monument in New York, supporters of the West Coast statue project weigh in.
Jim Bliesner, the artist who designed the monument and Ashley Cervantes, with the San Diego Organizing Project, discuss Tuesday on Midday Edition what the national Statue of Liberty monument means to them and why they believe a second statue is needed on the West Coast.