Farah on Trump's immigration policy; "he made me an alien"
British our-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has lambasted US President Donald Trump over his immigration crackdown, admitting today that he fears he could be separated from his family.
Trump’s decision to ban travellers from seven majority-Muslim nations entering the US was met with widespread anger and condemnation.
Farah, who holds dual UK and Somalia citizenship, could be barred from re-entering America under the new rules.
The 33-year-old trains in Portland, Oregon under long-distance ‘super coach’ Alberto Salazar.
“DADDY MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO COME HOME”
"On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien," Farah wrote on Facebook.
"I am a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years - working hard, contributing to society, paying my taxes and bringing up our four children in the place they now call home. Now, me and many others like me are being told that we may not be welcome.
"It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home - to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.
"I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realise my dreams. I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honour of a knighthood.
“My story is an example of what can happen when you follow polices of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation."
Nationals and dual-nationals from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen are banned from entering the US for at least 90 days, under Trump’s new rules.
We will protect the rights and freedoms of UK nationals home and abroad. Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) January 29, 2017