In a shocking incident, earlier this month immigration officials detained legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s son for four hours in Florida. The officials repeatedly asked him whether he was a Muslim, said Ali’s family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.
On February 7, Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali arrived at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after attending an event in Jamaica.
The officials pulled aside them when they passed through customs because of their Arabic sounding names. Mohammad Ali’s wife was released after she showed them a photo of herself with her husband. But her son was not so lucky. He waited there for another two hours. He was constantly asked, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”
When he replied yes he is a Muslim the officers continuously questioned him about his religion and where he was born.
Mancini stated the Ali family is thinking to file a federal lawsuit and trying to find out how many have been treated in the same manner as Ali Jr. He said, “Imagine walking into an airport and being asked about your religion. This is classic customs profiling.”
He explained neither Camacho Ali nor Ali Jr. has ever been experienced this type of treatment at the airport before despite they have wide global travel experience.
However, US Customs and Border Protection officials said they “cannot discuss individual travellers; however, all international travellers arriving in the S are subject to CBP inspection.”
Referring President Trump, Mancini said, “To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that it is directly linked to Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States.”
Trump on January 27 signed an executive order barring refugees and people from several Muslim majority countries from entering the US.