Trump’s refugee ban hits Hollywood, sports, tech worlds – USA TODAY
British Olympian Mo Farah is speaking out after President Donald Trump signed a controversial immigration and refugee ban on Friday
Possibly unintended consequences of President Trump’sÂ refugee ban has ensnarled leaders in the entertainment, sports and tech worlds.
Two-time Oscar nomineeÂ Asghar Farhadi, who wrote and directedÂ The Salesman, Iran’s entry for best foreign-language film, said Sunday he will not attend this yearâs Academy Awards ceremony because of the executive order signed by Trump barring citizens of certain countries from entering the U.S.
Farhadi said the uncertainty surrounding his ability to travel to the United States was âin no way acceptable,â and he would not attend next monthâs Hollywood ceremony even if an exception were made for him.
Blocking Farhadi from the Oscars is one result of the three-monthÂ ban on new travel visasÂ for citizens from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan,Â Libya, Yemen andÂ Somalia. (The State Department has listed Iran, Sudan and Syria as state sponsors of terrorism.)
In sports, four-time Olympic championÂ Mo Farah has criticized Trumpâs immigration policy, saying Sunday the temporary travel ban âseems to have made me an alienâ and leaves him unsure whether he can return to his U.S. home.Â Farah is a British citizen who was born inÂ Somalia.
Farah currently is training inÂ Ethiopia. His wife, Tania, and four children are in Portland, Ore.,Â where the Farah family has lived the past six years.
âItâs deeply troubling,â Farah, 33, said on his Facebook page, âthat I will have to tell my childrenÂ that Daddy might not be able to come home â to explain why the President has introduced a policy that comes from a place of ignorance and prejudice.â
The NBA has reached out to the State Department to understand how Trumpâs executive order will impact player travel.
Los Angeles LakersÂ forwardÂ Luol DengÂ and Milwaukee Bucks rookieÂ Thon MakerÂ were born in Sudan (nowÂ South Sudan), and residents from Sudan have been banned entry into the United States for three months, according to the order.
Deng is also a British citizen, and Maker has dual citizenship in Australia and South Sudan. The Bucks played inÂ TorontoÂ against the Raptors on Friday, and Maker had no issue clearing customs using hisÂ Australian passportÂ upon his return to the United States. The Bucks and Lakers do not play in Toronto the rest of the season. Maker’s younger brother, Matur, plays prep basketball in Canada and is being recruited by U.S. colleges.
There are several players from Sudan on American college and high school rosters. Center Choi Marial, who is from South Sudan and plays for Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, is one of the top prospects in the class of 2019 and has offers from Florida State, Georgetown, Iowa, St. John’s and West Virginia, according to several recruiting sites.
Kentucky freshman Wenyen Gabriel is also from South Sudan.
Former NBA player Hamed Haddadi is from Iran, which is also on the banned list.
In the tech industry, Microsoft said it’s providing legal advice and assistance to its employees affected by the executive order.
“We share the concerns about the impact of the executive order on our employees from the listed countries, all of whom have been in the United States lawfully,” the tech giant said in a statement.
According to MicrosoftÂ general counselÂ Brad Smith, 76 Microsoft employees are citizens with a U.S. visa fromÂ the affected countries.
“Weâve already contacted everyone in this group,” he told employees in a memo. “But there may be other employees from these countries who have U.S. green cards rather than a visa who may be affected, and there may be family members from these countries that we havenât yet reached.”
In a mini essayÂ on FacebookÂ addressing Trump’s action, Uber CEOÂ Travis KalanickÂ said his company would compensate any affected drivers who are stuck outside the U.S. for three months due to Trump’s action.
“While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.âs policy since its founding. That means this ban will impact many innocent people,” he said.
Airbnb CEOÂ Brian Chesky criticized the ban andÂ offered free housing to anyone displaced by the order.
Reporting by Jayme Deerwester and Jeff Zillgitt in McLean, Va.; Jessica Guynn and Laura MandaroÂ in San Francisco;Â Kim HjelmgaardÂ in London
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