It has been something of an odd week. Some of you reading this column will have noticed that I was in the news, as I found myself one of those who were affected by Donald Trump’s travel ban. With just one signature, the President of the United States banned all of those whose ‘country of origin’ was Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or, as mine is, Iraq. On a quiet Saturday morning, I suddenly myself as a persona non grata in the USA.
On Saturday I was told that I would be one of those that Donald Trump had decided were unfit to even visit America. Although I am British, and do not hold dual nationality, the so-called Muslim ban refers to individuals’ country of origin, and I was born in Iraq.
Immigration is one of the biggest issues in British politics, and has been looming large for years. Whether they want to talk about it or not, it is now always one of the most talked-about issues in every political party, and features regularly in our day to day interactions with voters.