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'Trump seems to have made me an alien': Mo Farah hits out at US President

“It’s deeply troubling that I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home.”

mo Mo Farah running earlier this month Source: Ian Rutherford PA Wire/PA Images

MO FARAH HAS hit out at Donald Trump’s ban on people from certain countries entering the US.

The Somalia-born British athlete released a statement today saying Trump “seems to have made me an alien”.
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His statement reads: “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.

Farah, who has been knighted by the British Queen, has won several Olympic running medals, among many other accolades. He has a training base in Oregon.

Deportations 

On Friday, Trump signed an executive order barring all refugees from entering the US for three months. Those from war-ravaged Syria were set to be banned from entering the country indefinitely. Trump said the ban was necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation.

The ban affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

It led to people en route to the US being detained at airports, sparking several protests.

Last night, a federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the US from deporting people, saying travellers who had been detained had a strong argument their legal rights had been violated.

Some people are still being detained, with a lack of clarity about what will happen next.

Contains reporting from AP

Read: Calls for Enda Kenny to cancel White House trip over Trump’s refugee ban

Read: Setback for Trump as US judge stops deportations under refugee ban

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