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Britain reacts to Trump's Muslim ban

STANDING TOGETHER: People protest President Trump's 90-day Muslim ban at Downing Street

PRESIDENT TRUMP’s 90-day Muslim ban has sent shockwaves across the world, as everyone comes to terms with the shocking executive order that bars citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for a period of 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. 

While the order doesn’t specify countries by name, it does refer to a statute that applies to seven particular nations, including Iran, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq, with dual nationals included in the ban.

While Trump claims that the purpose of this ban is an “extreme vetting” process that will help "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the US,” numerous celebrities, politicians and citizens across the world have spoken out against this ban which ultimately reinforces the demonisation of muslims across the world.

MO SPEAKS: Sir Mo Farah took to Facebook to express his thought's on President Trump's 90-day Muslim ban

Mo Farah took to Facebook on Sunday (Jan 29) sharing with his followers how this ban is likely to affect his family who resides in the USA. Speaking candidly, Farah wrote: “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’s words echo the current feeling of many muslims around the world who live and work in the states and have been prevented from returning to their homes.

A protest against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly- Muslim countries takes place in Dortmund Square, Leeds.

The ban has resulted in numerous protests taking place globally , and an extreme overcrowding of US airports, as people are unable to leave, rendered helpless and stranded. A petition has also gone viral, with over 1 million signatures urging the government to call off Trump’s state visit to the UK.

COMMENTARY: Foreign secretary Boris Johnson explain the chaotic situation around UK citizens who hold dual nationality with one of the countries covered by US President Donald Trump's travel ban.

While we begin to question just how this ban will affect british muslims, Boris Johnson recently announced that Trump’s controversial crackdown will make “no difference” to anyone with a British passport. Speaking to parliament today (Jan 30), the foreign secretary said he had been assured Brits born overseas or with dual passports would not be affected, and stated that the UK government did “not agree” with the highly controversial policy.

Johnson’s confirmation may provide mild relief for some, but even as British nationals may not be affected by this ban physically, many are questioning how Trump’s new policy will affect the cultural tolerance here in the UK.

SPEAKING UP: Author Sheeda Queen

Sheeda Queen, a black British muslim author, recently spoke to The Voice about her thoughts in light of Trump’s Muslim ban, and her worries on how this order could cause a trickle down affect in how society treats Muslims in the UK. “Certain organisations are going to try to enforce their discriminatory ways now that they see Trump can do it,” she says. “Organisations like the BNP will capitalise off of this, and it could be detrimental to the UK, which is known for its tolerance and diversity, which is a benefit to this country.”

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