The “woe is me” news stories are rubbish. Sir Mo Farrah is a British citizen, so he will be able to enter the US. The ban is only for people who are citizens of those counties. The whiners in this article have British passports, so there’s no issue.
Further, the British media were solidly behind my ban. When UK Prime Minister Theresa May banned Robert Spencer and me from entering the UK because of our opposition to jihad terror, the UK press was glad of it. But Trump’s responsible national security measure has them spinning Islamic tales. Blind sharia adherence in the media is an unending constant.
The inconvenience caused to individuals does not outweigh the safety and well-being of the majority.
International travel is not a right. People affected by the ban should perhaps reflect upon the reasons why their country of birth is regarded as a haven of terror. Better still, they could do something about it.
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‘I will have to tell my children that Daddy might not be able to come home’: Sir Mo Farah slams Trump migrant ban as an MP and other Brits complain they can’t go to the US now and one is left stranded
- President Trump has issued a 90-day ban on people entering from 7 countries
- Sir Mo was born in Somalia, one of countries on list and is training in Ethiopia
- Could mean he’s barred from re-entering US, where he and family live in Oregon
- There is travel chaos across the world as one UK citizen stranded in Costa Rica
- Iraqi-born Tory MP for Stratford Nadhim Zahawi can’t visit his son living there
Sir Mo Farah has criticised Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown which he fears may ban him from returning home to his wife and daughters who live in the US.
The President signed an executive order on Friday which prevents any citizen of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days.
One of those countries is Somalia, the birthplace of Britain’s most successful athlete who won double Olympic gold medals in 2012 and 2016.
The long-distance runner, who is currently training in Ethiopia, lives with his family in Oregon.
Sir Mo wrote on Facebook: ‘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.
Sir Mo still does not know if the ban applies to him because even though he was born in Somalia, he now only holds a British passport. Due to return home in a few weeks, he is seeking to clarify the situation with the US authorities.
The sudden ban has affected dozens of other British residents, many of whom have been trapped in transit, unable to fly to the US.
Airlines such as British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are offering refunds to customers whose travel plans have been ruined.
One woman affected is Hamaseh Tayari, a UK resident with an Iranian passport, who was stranded in Costa Rica after being denied boarding a flight home to Glasgow because it was due to stop-over in New York.
Hamaseh Tayari (left), a UK resident with an Iranian passport, is banned from the US. So is Iranian-born student Naz Jahanshahi (right)
The distraught vet, who was on holiday with her boyfriend, said: ‘This has shocked me. We just discovered [what Trump did] at the airport when we went to check in.
‘I want people to know this isn’t just happening to refugees. I am a graduate and have a PhD. It has happened to a person who is working and pays tax.’
Ms Tayari has found a different route home and will shortly return to Glasgow.
She said: ‘We had been saving for months for this holiday and it will cost me a month’s salary just to get home’.
Iranian-born physics student Naz Jahanshahi, from Manchester, was devastated to learn that she may have to cancel a trip to the US with her boyfriend
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