“They are crushed. It's been 2½ months,” he said.
Long said his mother also is extremely upset by the situation.
He said his job teaching English in Qatar allowed him to use his maximum 30 days of paid vacation to visit his ailing mother in McAlester. He said his paid vacation time ran out about six weeks ago, so he needs to get back to Qatar to continue to earn a living.
“It was an emotional hardship and now it is an economic hardship,” Long said of his thwarted efforts to return to home. “I can't believe this is happening.”
He said he plans to book another flight and attempt once again to return to Qatar.
Soltani said CAIR officials will continue to help Long as he seeks answers from the government about the reasons he is being prevented from returning to the Middle East.
“Our hope is that by supporting him, we'll be able to get him back,” Soltani said.