On December 15, the extended family waited at the gate. Their bags were on the plane. The family included Mohammad Tariq Mahmood with two of his children; his brother Zahid and sister-in-law Sadaf, with five of their children; and two nieces who were accompanying them.Follow the link to watch the video and read the entire article.
While they waited to board the plane, Mohammad Mahmood was called on the intercom and told that at least some of the family would not be allowed to board. They were not given a reason for the ban, according to Mahmood. Their bags were removed from the plane, and they were ordered to return all the duty-free goods they had purchased, and then escorted from the airport.
A U.S. official on Wednesday told CNN that not all family members were prevented from traveling, but did not specify who would have been permitted to travel.
A British MP alerted the media to the story Wednesday after speaking with Mahmood.
Mahmood told CNN Wednesday that the kids were devastated. "They had big tears in their eyes," he said.
He also said he still hopes to bring the family to Disneyland some day. "I haven't unpacked yet, because they still think they're going to go."
Asked about the incident on Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Jim Burns told CNN that religion is never a factor in admissibility of travelers to the United States. "The religion, faith, or spiritual beliefs of an international traveler are not determining factors about his/her admissibility into the U.S.," he said in a statement emailed to CNN, but added that under U.S. immigration law, "applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States."
How they attempted to frame the story is most interesting. Obviously one of the family members popped on the terror watch list but it's instead being spun that they're being singled out due to their religion.
The phrasing was telling too. "Mommie are we being singled out because we're the only Muslim's in the que"...and "have we been Trumped"? Not much work is done by the journalist to run down the possibility of one of the family members being involved in terrorism (there is a fuzzy mention about a Facebook page a family member visited but no details...I don't think, but ain't sure that a visit to a shady site would bar entry into the US).
I'm not a huge fan of Trump but when this many people are doing their level best to tear a guy down and destroy his campaign I think he might be worth another look.