A Muslim teacher from Neath Port Talbot has been denied entry to the United States while on a school trip. Juhel Miah had flown to Reykjavik, Iceland, with the party from Llangatwg Community before boarding an onward flight to New York.
But before the plane took off on 16 February, he was escorted off by security staff. BBC Wales has asked the US Embassy in London to comment. Neath Port Talbot council has written to the US Embassy to “express its dismay” at the treatment of Mr Miah, who the local authority said had a valid visa to travel.
The school trip continued as planned but Mr Miah’s removal left pupils and colleagues “shocked and distressed,” a spokesman said. “We are appalled by the treatment of Mr Miah and are demanding an explanation. “The matter has also been raised with our local MP.”
The council confirmed Mr Miah has a British passport and does not have dual nationality. His family’s ethnic background is Bangladeshi.