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.