As the orange-tinted trash heap that is Donald Trump‘s presidency continues to unfold, the immigration ban he put in place through executive order on Friday night has taken front and center across the world this weekend.
From all corners of the globe, and all seven of the countries now on the ban list, people are coming out to oppose The Donald’s patently unconstitutional and bigoted policies.
Now, British Olympian runner Mo Farah is coming out against the ban — and sharing how it personally will affect him and his family, because he was born and raised in Somalia, which is one of the seven countries on Trump’s list.
Farah took to Facebook to write a passionate, moving post about it which you need to read (below):
“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.”
Powerful, powerful stuff.
And it’s especially good for Farah to tell his story, because it’s real people with real stories like this that are being actively and horribly affected by Donald Trump’s shameful bigotry.
[Image via Mo Farah/Twitter.]