The painting was pinned up in Rep. Lou Correa’s district office in California last month along with the other finalists from the congressman’s annual student art competition.
Activist group We the People Rising, which protests undocumented immigrants, has demanded several times that Correa tear down the painting, the Orange County Register reports.
Correa has refused saying the young woman who painted the artwork earned the spot on his office wall.
‘The Statue of Liberty stands for inclusion, acceptance, and freedom. The young woman who painted this is trying very hard to show people that she is an American,’ Correa wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
The activists are now planning to protest outside the congressman’s office on September 11.
‘It’s a bad example for our congressman,’ activist Mike McGertrick said.
Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was among those to weigh in on the so-called controversy. She shared a story that read: ‘Statue of Liberty Painting Found In Congressman’s Office, Then America Spots Something Unusual.’