Canadian-Somalian singer Ok’naan is searching for some assist from his American followers, and is asking them to indicate him some love in November once they vote within the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
The “Wavin’ Flag” singer — who’s a twin citizen of Canada and Somalia, at the moment residing in New York Metropolis whereas his household stays in Toronto.
And therein lies the issue. As a result of Somalia is likely one of the nations on the Trump administration’s journey ban, he fears that if he had been to go away the U.S. with the intention to go to household in Canada he may not be allowed again into the nation. That’s why he’s asking American followers to train their vote in November to take a stand in opposition to the Republicans in a brand new video for The Love Vote.
“I really feel barely hypocritical, as a result of I by no means voted once I lived in Canada although I may have,” says Ok’naan within the highly effective video.
“The best way politicians spoke about us, it by no means actually appeared it was us they had been speaking about. So, I stayed away from the method. Then, years later, I moved to New York. I dwell right here, I work right here, however my household continues to be in Toronto. And final 12 months’s U.S. immigration ban hit us all laborious. For the primary time in my life, I actually wished I may vote. So if you happen to can vote, I hope you’ll, on my behalf.”
As Ok’naan explains, he’s involved that if he leaves the U.S. he will not be allowed again in.
“I had purchased a bit of chessboard for my youngsters who like chess. My two little boys they’re 11 and 13 and so I need to take again this chessboard to Toronto however the immigration ban occurs and I’m actually fearful that I gained’t have the ability to come again to New York the place my condominium is,” he continues. “I name my immigration lawyer and she or he confirms my fears and says, ‘Don’t go away since you most likely gained’t be allowed again.’”
Canadians with twin citizenships involving any of the named nations should not anticipated to be affected by the ban.
Nonetheless, there could also be some points if you happen to’ve been to one of many named nations, Canadian immigration lawyer Petra Molnar advised World Information in June.
That’s due to the discretionary nature of the principles.
“You may at all times be turned away primarily based in your journey historical past. I’ve had that accomplished to me as a result of I’ve labored in a few of these nations,” Molnar defined on the time.
That, he explains, “was the primary time I believed, ‘God, I actually want I may vote.’ It actually makes me take into consideration this concept that somebody may forged a vote for you as this extremely beneficiant, considerate concept.”
In its mission assertion, The Love Vote notes that “50 million of us can’t vote — due to youth, citizenship or disenfranchisement.” The purpose: to “share our tales and transfer voters with love!”
You may watch Ok’naan’s video, and discover out extra in regards to the Love Vote initiative, proper right here.
*with recordsdata from World Information
© 2018 Leisure Tonight Canada, a division of Corus Leisure Inc.