By Ruth Mosalski
A Muslim schoolteacher was denied entry to the USA while travelling on a Welsh school trip
Juhel Miah, a Welsh Muslim, was travelling to New York with a group from Llangatwg Comprehensive when he was taken off a plane by security personnel
A Welsh schoolteacher was denied entry to the USA while travelling with pupils.
Juhel Miah, a Welsh Muslim, was travelling with a group from Llangatwg Comprehensive in Aberdulais, Neath Port Talbot.
The group had travelled initially to Iceland en route to New York last week.
When Mr Miah boarded the onward flight in Reykjavik on February 16 but was escorted from the aircraft by security personnel.
Whilst the school trip proceeded as planned, Mr Miah's removal from the flight left pupils and colleagues "shocked and distressed".
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has today written to the Embassy of the United States of America in London to express its dismay at the treatment of one of its employees, who has been denied entry to the US as a member of a school party.
An authority spokesperson says they understand that Mr Miah was refused permission by the United States authorities to fly to New York, despite being issued with a valid visa for travel.
He is described as a "popular and respected teacher" at the school.
A council spokesperson said: "We are appalled by the treatment of Mr Miah and are demanding an explanation. The matter has also been raised with our local Member of Parliament.
"No satisfactory reason has been provided for refusing entry to the United States – either at the airport in Iceland or subsequently at the US Embassy in Reykjavik.
"Mr Miah attempted to visit the Embassy; but was denied access to the building. Understandably he feels belittled and upset at what appears to be an unjustified act of discrimination."
The US embassy has been approached for comment.
The reason for the US refusing entry to Mr Miah is unclear at the moment.
President Donald Trump's travel ban initially triggered chaos at airports around the world, as travellers from seven Muslim-majority nations were stopped in transit.
But the order has been suspended during a court battle and Mr Trump's revised order , which is understood to be being developed at the moment, has not yet been signed.
Neath Labour AM Jeremy Miles said he was "appalled" to hear about the incident.
He said he would be raising the issue with the Welsh Government to ask them to make representations to Central Government.