Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained at Florida Airport Over Religion and Arabic Sounding Name

Muhammad Ali Jr

In another case of airport profiling of passengers, famous champion boxer Muhammad Ali’s son, Ali Jr., was pulled aside for further questioning of his name in a Florida airport.

Ali Jr., 44, along with his mother, second wife of Muhammad Ali, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, were pulled aside at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7, after returning from a speaking engagement.

Florida lawyer of the Ali family, Chris Mancini, confirmed the situation with The Courier-Journal on Friday.

According to Mancini, Ali Jr. and his mother were detained and repeatedly asked, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim” during their time detained.

This comes at the same time Australian children’s author Mem Fox was also detained at LAX for questioning over visa concerns, publicly humiliated and insulted before being allowed into the country. Fox stated she had no doubt this was related to Trump’s proposed travel ban, and is doubtful she’ll ever return to America for the way she was treated.

Ali Jr., too, according to Mancini, believes this is a result of the travel ban efforts by Trump.

Immigration officials denied the detaining of Ali Jr. was related to profiling and his admitting to being Muslim when asked.

“We treat all travelers with respect and sensitivity,” Customs spokesman Daniel Hetlage said. “Integrity is our cornerstone. We are guided by the highest ethical and moral principles.”

Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia and holds a U.S. passport. Currently, USA Today reported of the Ali family’s intentions to file for a federal lawsuit in response to the incident.

“To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that this is directly linked to Mr. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” Mancini stated.

Since the attempted bans, a US appeals court blocked the order unanimously.


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