British two-time Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah may not be able to see his wife and children who live in America due to Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Sir Mo, a British citizen was originally born in Somalia but fled the war-torn country with his parents when he was eight years old. Somalia is on the travel ban list of countries and as such he is in limbo with American authorities as he tries to discover if the ban applies to him. He is a British passport holder.
His anger is clear. He said, 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.”
He went on to say that as Britain gave him and his parents a home he was able to become an Olympic athlete and that his story was an example of compassionate rather than isolationist policies.
Sir Mo is not alone in other British citizens who face a similar dilemma. Hamaseh Tayari, is a British resident with an Iranian passport is stranded in Costa Rica as her flight was due to make a stop in New York before landing in Glasgow.
The travel ban has caused widespread disruption and met with international condemnation around the world.