British Muslim schoolteacher denied entry to the U.S
39 British students looked on in shock as they watched their teacher being escorted off an Icelandair flight to New York.
Juhel Miah is a math teacher at Llangatwg Comprehensive School in Wales, according to CNN.com. Miah, who is 25, was one of four school staff accompanying the children, aged 12-15, on a trip to New York that included a one-night stopover in Reykjavik, Iceland.
"As I was making my way out of the plane I looked back at the kids to tell them everything was going to be okay. The look I got off the kids, they were shocked, they couldn't believe what was happening. This is when I felt like I was a criminal," Juhel Miah told CNN.
Miah, who is Muslim, was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in Swansea, Wales. The trip was his first visit to the U.S. He was traveling on his British passport with a US visitor's visa, he told CNN. He had all of his paperwork, so he was confused as to why he couldn’t enter the U.S.
It all started when he gave the official his passport. When the official saw that his first name was Mohammad, she looked at him and told him he had been randomly selected for a security check. When he asked for an explanation, she did not answer him.
According to British authorities, this was an act of discrimination against a UK passport holder. They wanted an explanation from the U.S authorities. The Muslim Council of Wales said it was "deeply troubled" by the incident.