Famous long distance British Olympian runner Sir Mo Farah has come out to condemn Donald Trump’s Executive Order on refugees. He says he feels Trump “seems to have made me an alien.”
My response to Trump – thanks for all the support guys https://t.co/RUqwoTahZq
— Sir Mo Farah (@Mo_Farah) January 29, 2017
Below is his full statement on Facebook.
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.
The gold medalist received support from others, including fellow Olympians Ryan Bedford and Katharine Merry.
Mad respect to @Mo_Farah, but today's world is different now. It's not about hate, it's about keeping Americans safe from terrorism.
— Ryan Bedford (@RyanOBedford) January 29, 2017
— Katharine Merry (@KatharineMerry) January 29, 2017
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) January 29, 2017
— Lady Mariéme Jamme 🦋🇸🇳🇬🇧 (@mjamme) January 29, 2017
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