Sir Mo Farah may not be able to rejoin his family in the US as Trump 'seems to have made me an alien'
Sir Mo Farah says US President Donald Trump’s travel ban “seems to have made me an alien”.
Farah and his family have been based in the United States for the last six years and his family are there currently while he trains in Ethiopia.
An executive order issued by Mr Trump banning individuals born in certain countries from entering the States has cast doubt over whether Farah – a British citizen who was born in Somalia – will be able to rejoin his family at the end of the training camp.
Farah is understood to be trying to establish what effect the ban will have on him as a matter of urgency.
On Facebook, 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.”
Citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries – Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – have been barred temporarily from the US, along with all refugees.
Farah does not have dual nationality or hold a Somalian passport, but he and his representatives are trying to establish whether the fact he was born in Somalia will now present a problem for him when he wishes to return to the US.