Olympian Mo Farah Emotionally Speaks Out Against Donald Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

On Friday, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning all travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. 

One of those countries is Somalia, where the most successful British track athlete in modern Olympic Games history was born. Mo Farah, who moved to the United Kingdom as a child, won two gold medals at Rio, and now lives in the United States. 

The problem? If he leaves, he might not be allowed to return. Students, green card holders, and people here on work visas are all being advised to stay in the country for the duration of the ban since there’s no guarantee they’ll get back into the country. 

The Olympian decided to take to Facebook to voice his displeasure, in a post that has been shared more than 100,000 times in just a few hours. He wrote:

“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.”

“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.”

Commenters were full of praise for the Olympian.

One wrote: “You have made me proud to be British on many an occasion. I hope we can make you proud of us by standing up against this great wrong being done to so many.”

Thankfully, a federal judge has granted a nationwide stay of removal for now, but we’re sure this saga is far from over. 

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Nationwide Protests Against Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Start Off Their First Day With A Victory

One day after Trump signed his executive order banning all travel from 7 Muslim-majority countries, citizens around the country flooded their local airports to protest and the ACLU was in court to argue that the executive order was unconstitutional and un-American.

Students, green card holders, and people here on work visas were all advised to not leave the country following the executive order, and people who were on airplanes on their way here were told they couldn’t enter once they landed.

This morning, protesters from all over the country flooded their local airports to express their concerns over the detainment of immigrants and refugees that were previously cleared to enter the country.

Governor Cuomo of New York released a statement in support of the protesters and detained refugees that were in JFK Airport.

The largest taxi union in New York City also voiced their concerns with Trump’s Muslim Ban, reminding him that they’ve been on the receiving end of government sponsored bigotry in the past.

Lawyers flooded JFK Airport to help those being detained.

And while the lawyers were hammering away, citizens in other states made sure to make their voices heard at their airports.

And then there was hope.

It’s worth noting that the stay will not affect people who haven’t already made their way here and that anyone planning on traveling is simply going to be prevented from doing so, as this affects people who were already in the air while the order was signed.

Many celebrities voiced their opinion on Trump’s ban, but some of the strongest voices came from Silicon Valley’s tech CEOs.

Airbnb.

Box.

Quip, a Salesforce company.

Slack.

And Twitter, including a tweet from CRO Jack Dorsey and the official Twitter account.

Netflix, Lyft, Uber, Apple, Google, Tesla, and a host of other companies joined in the condemnation of the grossly un-American order issued by Trump, and they have made it clear that they’re in it for the long haul.

Power to the people.

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