Juhel Miah, a respected Maths teacher from Wales was barred from entering the United States for a school trip to New York.
Miah who was with a group of pupils from Llangatwg Comprehensive in South Wales when he was removed from a plane on February 16.
He had a plan to travel from Reykjavik in Iceland to New York, but the security personnel took him off the plane was while his class looked in a shock.
‘I was lost for words at the time and then it hit home when I saw that everyone was looking at me as if I had done something wrong and it made me feel really small,’ Mr Miah said. ‘My colleagues on the plane and all my kids were looking at me, they were all gobsmacked and all upset. ‘I don’t know what emotions I was going through but seeing their faces looking at me – it wasn’t nice.’
The pupils and colleagues went ahead with the trip but were left ‘horror and pain’ after Mr Miah was removed from the aircraft.
‘We are horrified by the treatment of Mr Miah and are demanding an explanation,’ Neath Port Talbot Council said in a statement. ‘The matter has also been raised with our local member of parliament.’
The local council has written to the US Embassy in London to express its concern. It is understood that Mr Miah was refused to enter the United States by the authorities to fly to New York, despite having a valid visa for travel.
‘I want to know why they kicked me off and would like them to say “Sorry we made a mistake”, he said. ‘I want an explanation and I’m not going to stop until I get one.’
‘He also made effort to visit the US embassy in Iceland to find out why the decision was taken, but was denied access to the building,’ Neath Port Talbot council, which employs him, said. ‘Understandably he feels belittled and upset at what appears to be an unjustified act of discrimination.’
Mr Miah is from Britain and but his family came from Bangladesh, this is one of the countries listed in President Trump travel ban.