There is a renewed push for the National Park Service to change security policies at the Statue of Liberty in time for the summer rush.
Months after getting battered by Hurricane Sandy, the Statue of Liberty is set to reopen this Fourth of July.
When it does, security screenings will take place after a ferry ride to Ellis Island, rather than in Manhattan before the trip gets underway.
Sen. Charles Schumer and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are among critics who believe that policy will increase the risk of a terrorist attack.
They want the National Parks Service to return to their old policy of making visitors submit to screenings before boarding the ferry.
"Those who share the jihadist goals have continually called for attacks against America, attacks in America, and certainly, they have an interest in targeting locations that represent America," Kelly said. "That's why we're concerned."
"It's sort of ridiculous," Schumer said. "It's sort of saying, 'We're going to screen people at airports after they get off the plane rather than before they get on the plane.'"
Parks officials have said that the new screening process will help shorten wait times and increase the number of visitors while keeping security standards high.
Schumer and Kelly are also calling for the National Parks Service to implement scheduled times for visiting Liberty Island.