President Trump’s new immigration stipulations have affected the world in more ways than one. Mo Farah is certainly feeling a bit of the backlash as the Olympian took to Facebook to express concern of being apart from his family due to the newly imposed ban on refugees coming from seven heavily Muslim populated nations.
“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 said in a post on Sunday. The Olympian is a citizen of Britain who was born in Somalia and currently resides in Portland, Oregon as a United States resident with his wife and kids.
“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,” Mo explained. “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.”
Farah further condemned President Trump’s latest executive order by sharing a portion of his life’s story with fans. “I was welcomed into Britain from Somalia at eight years old and given the chance to succeed and realize my dreams,” he shared. “I have been proud to represent my country, win medals for the British people and receive the greatest honor of a knighthood. My story is an example of what can happen when you follow policies of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation.”
President Trump’s executive order concerning immigration was enacted over the weekend. The stipulation bans refugees from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, and Libya from entering the United States. Many question the legality of Trump’s order since the original ban extended to individuals with valid United States green cards traveling from the seven listed nations. The president has since defended his stance via Twitter and the White House held a press conference in support of the controversial executive order on Monday.