Muhammad Ali’s son was detained at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and questioned about being Muslim, according to a shocking report on Feb. 24. He was returning from Jamaica when he was stopped with his mother.
Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, is reportedly ready to file a lawsuit after being detained at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for nearly two hours on Feb. 7, according to TMZ. The late famed boxer’s son was interrogated about his name and religion, so he believes they singled him out because he’s Muslim. He was reportedly returning from Jamaica with his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, 66, when immigration officers abruptly stopped them. She was able to get though, but he was taken to a private room and questioned for two hours.
Ali Jr. was asked twice if he’s Muslim, according to his spokesman, Chris Mancini. He was also asked where he got his name, despite traveling on a U.S. Passport. He’s reportedly looking into filing a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury and Homeland Security. His spokesperson also believes that it highlights a larger issue of “profiling and discrimination.”
Ali Jr.’s incident came only four days after a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump‘s controversial immigration ban on people entering the United States who hold passports from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. “Muhammad was being held up by an agent who was asking him a lot of questions and then another officer came over and I heard the agent say, ‘Go with him,’” Camacho-Ali told RadarOnline. That was only the start.
She continued, “The agent asked me if I was born in America and I said, ‘It’s right here on my passport.'” Ali Jr.’s mom was outraged by the ordeal, especially after the long wait to see her son. She claimed, “He said they asked him his religion and he told them he’s a Muslim and then they asked him where he got his name from and said, ‘From my mother and father, Muhammad Ali.’”
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