- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A member of parliament is blaming Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump after a British Muslim family heading for Disneyland was recently blocked from boarding a flight from London to Los Angeles.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials provided no explanation for why the family of 11 was prevented from boarding the plane, “even though they had been granted travel authorization online ahead of their planned 15 December flight,” The Guardian reported.

The family, according to the Guardian, was “about to embark on a dream holiday for which they had saved for months, were approached by officials from US homeland security as they queued in the departure lounge and told their authorization to travel had been cancelled, without further explanation.”

“I have never been more embarrassed in my life,” said one family member, Mohammad Tariq Mahmood. “I work here, I have a business here. But we were alienated.”

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in London confirmed that the family was prevented from leaving Britain on the U.S.-bound flight but offered no further details, The Washington Post reported.

Although details of the incident remain unclear, aides to Prime Minister David Cameron have promised that he will examine the case.

The case has also been taken up by British MP Stella Creasy, who represents the part of northeast London where the family lives. She blames anti-Muslim rhetoric for the family’s plight, after Mr. Trump recently called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigrants entering the United States.

“Online and offline discussions reverberate with the growing fear UK Muslims are being ‘trumped’ — that widespread condemnation of Donald Trump’s call for no Muslim to be allowed into America contrasts with what is going on in practice,” Ms. Creasy wrote in an article for The Guardian.

“Just a week ago, parliamentarians were united in agreement that Trump’s views were abhorrent. Now we should do more than shrug our shoulders at secretive American security policies that leave our constituents in such limbo,” she argued. “If the embassy won’t answer to the family’s MP, it should answer to their prime minister and he to us about what he is doing to ensure that no British citizen is being discriminated against for their faith on our shores.”


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