Sir Mo Farah speaks out against US immigration changes

Sir Mo Farah has spoken out against Donald Trump’s controversial new rules about who is allowed into America

President Trump has banned people from seven, mostly Muslim, countries from being allowed into the US for at least three months, including Somalia where Mo was born.

The Olympic champion athlete has said the rules come from a place of “ignorance and prejudice”.

Farah’s family now live in America but the athlete says he’s worried that he could be affected by the ban and might not be welcome in the country anymore.

The rules brought in by Donald Trump on 27 January have been very controversial and there have been big protests in America against them.

Mr Trump said the move is to take back control over America’s borders and keep people safe but lots of people disagree with the ban.

Theresa May ‘does not’ agree with rules

Prime Minister Theresa May has also said she does not agree with the changes.

Mrs May was criticised for not speaking out against them sooner, instead saying it was up to the US to decide its own policy.

Downing Street have said they will appeal to the US if it affects British citizens.

Theresa MayImage copyright Reuters Image caption PM Theresa May does not agree with new rules

Mrs May had visited President Trump on Friday, and released a statement when she got back to the UK:

“Immigration policy in the United States is a matter for the government of the United States, just the same as immigration policy for this country should be set by our government,” said a spokesman.

“But we do not agree with this kind of approach and it is not one we will be taking.”

Mo, in a Facebook status posted today, has 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.

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.

His post has sparked outrage and has been shared over 84,000 times on the social media site.


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