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Why A Group Of San Diegans Wants To Build A West Coast Statue Of Liberty

Sculptor Jim Bliesner stands by a model of his 40-foot "Welcome the Stranger" monument, inspired by the Statue of Liberty, that's planned for completion in Januray 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathloic Church, overlooking the border fence in San Ysidro, on Friday October 5, 2018.
Katie Schoolov
Sculptor Jim Bliesner stands by a model of his 40-foot "Welcome the Stranger" monument, inspired by the Statue of Liberty, that's planned for completion in Januray 2019 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathloic Church, overlooking the border fence in San Ysidro, on Friday October 5, 2018.
For the last year, the San Diego Organizing Project has raised money to build a 40-foot monument inspired by the Statue of Liberty that overlooks the U.S.-Mexico border.

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.

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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.

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