Boxer Muhammad Ali’s son detained at US airport, questioned about religion

NEW YORK: Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the late boxer Muhammad Ali, was detained for two hours and questioned multiple times about his religion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7.

Ali Jr., who is Muslim, was returning from Jamaica with his mother and Ali’s first wife, Khalilah. Strouse and Iannelli noted Khalilah showed immigration officers a picture of herself with her ex-husband and was not detained, but her son didn’t have a similar picture.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order in January banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, but it was overturned by a trial court, and an appeals court elected not to reinstate it.

Ali family friend and former federal prosecutor Chris Mancini said the order is still being enforced and pointed to this as an example, per Strouse and Iannelli.

“This is an outrage,” Mancini said. “I don’t know what is going on with Mr. Trump’s claim that his ban is not religion-based. We do not discriminate in this country based on religion.”

Mancini also clarified that Ali Jr. had a United States passport and doesn’t have a criminal record.

Ali Jr. is exploring the option of suing the United States Treasury and Homeland Security as a result.


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