Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration policy.
Farah is a British citizen he was born in Somalia, Muslim nations subject to the executive order signed by Trump that currently bans entry to the United States.
He sad that he is a British citizen who lives in U.S. for 6 years. I'll have to tell my children Daddy might not be able to come home.
Farah currently is training in Ethiopia. His wife, Tania, and four children are in Portland, Oregon, where the Farah family has lived for the last six years.
Farah and his representatives are trying to establish whether the fact he was born in Somalia will now present a problem for him when he wants to return to the United States. Farah has a British passport, he does not have dual nationality or hold a Somalian passport.
Farah's agent, Jo Livingston, told The Associated Press in an email, That Mo now is at a training camp and is not planned to return to the U.S. for a number of weeks. However, as I'm sure you can appreciate, he and Tania want to understand the direct impact on them as a matter of urgency.
Farah moved to Britain from Somalia at the age of 8 and is now regarded as one of the greatest-ever athletes in British sport after winning the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at both 2012, 2016 Olympic Games and at the 2013 and '15 world championships. He also won the 5,000 gold at the 2011 world championships and was recently given the title knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
On 1st January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made Mo Farah a Knight of the Realm. On 27th January, President Donald Trump seems to have made Him an alien, Farah said in his statement.
That he is a British citizen who has lived in America for the past six years working hard, contributing to society, paying his taxes and bringing up his four children in the place they now call home. Now, Moa and many others like he are being told that they may not be welcome.
The Foreign Office then advised British travelers that dual citizens were only sore if traveling to the US from one of the seven banned countries.
Farah said he believed Trump's policy comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice, that his own story was an example of what can happen when you follow policies of understanding, not hate and isolation.