Mo Farah and the other celebrities speaking out against #MuslimBan

Famous faces from around the world speak out against President Donald Trump's executive order

Mo Farah
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Sir Mo Farah and a host of celebrities have condemned President Donald Trump's executive order to ban immigrants in the US from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Writing on his Facebook page on Sunday, Farah said: "On 1 January this year, Her Majesty The Queen made me a Knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien."

Saying he believed Trump's policy "comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice", the Olympic gold medallist said his own story was "an example of what can happen when you follow policies of compassion and understanding, not hate and isolation".

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The UK government has since confirmed that the ban applies only to British citizens with dual nationality travelling to the US directly from one of the affected countries.

Farah, who was born in Somalia but is a British citizen, said he was relieved he could return to his family in the US, but remained staunchly opposed the policy. "He still fundamentally disagrees with this incredibly divisive and discriminatory policy," said his spokeswoman.

The athlete was not the only celebrity to come out against the immigration ban over the weekend.

Pop star Rihanna tweeted that Trump was an "immoral pig", while reality TV star Kim Kardashian posted a series of statistics showing toddlers were responsible for more deaths in the US last year than Islamic terrorists.

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Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman and Star Wars actor Mark Hamill also used Twitter to express their dismay.

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Meanwhile, a number of famous faces at last night's Screen Actors Guild Awards spoke out in support for those affected by the executive order.

Host Ashton Kutcher began proceedings by greeting "everyone in airports that belong in my America", saying: "You are a part of the fabric of who we are and we love you and we welcome you."

Others didn't explicitly mention the President by name but were clear about the target of their ire.

Accepting the award for best drama ensemble, Stranger Things star David Harbour said: "Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face."

The actor "truly brought the house down with his passionate and empowering speech", says Cosmopolitan.

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