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Britain's Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold medal, in the men's 5000-meter medals ceremony, during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Somalia-born Olympic champion Mo Farah said he's troubled by Trump's immigration policy


Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah said President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban may prevent him from returning home to his family in Portland, Oregon. 

Farah is a British citizen who was born in Somalia, which is one of seven majority-Muslim countries subject to Trump's executive order that temporarily bans entry into the United States. 

Farah is currently training in Ethiopia, but his wife, Tania, and their four children are in Oregon where the family has lived for six years. 

"It's deeply troubling," the 33-year-old  wrote in a Facebook post, "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 told the Associated Press his representatives are still trying to determine whether the fact that he was born in Somalia will be problematic when he tries to return to the U.S. He has a British passport but does not hold dual citizenship in Somalia. 

"Mo is currently 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 (if any) as a matter of urgency," Farah's representative told the Associated Press. 

Farah isn't the only athlete to respond to Trump's executive order. Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who is Muslim, delivered an emotional response to the New York Post

"You can’t judge a whole group by one’s actions at the end of the day," Hollis-Jefferson told the New York Post Saturday before facing off against the Timberwolves.  “You can’t speak for all Muslims, because all Muslims’ hearts aren’t like that. Most of them are pure, really believe in a different way and a different livelihood.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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