Muhammad Ali’s Son Detained At Florida Airport For Been A Muslim
Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the late boxer Muhammad Ali, has revealed how he was treated unfairly at a US airport.
According to Bleacher Report, the son of the boxing legend said he was detained for two hours at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida, and questioned multiple times about his religion.
Ali Jr, who is Muslim, said this happened on February 7 while he was returning from Jamaica with his mother Khalilah. Khalilah was not detained because she had a picture of herself with her ex-husband, the boxing legend, but her son didn’t have any photo to prove his relationship with his father and so was held by the officers.
Mother and Son Muhammed Ali Jr and Kahliah Ali pic.twitter.com/dEeFrtpoWe
— YETicket (@yeticket) February 7, 2017
This news comes after President Trump issued an executive order in January, which many interpreted as a #MuslimBan because it focused against people from 7 Muslim majority countries. President Trump later claimed it was not a Muslim Ban.
The order was later overturned by a trial court, and an appeal court elected not to reinstate it.
However, the order seemingly is still be applied and Muhammad Ali Jr.’s case is a typical example of the segregation Muslims encounter at US airports.
“This is an outrage,” Ali family friend and former federal prosecutor Chris 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.”
Chris Mancini also added that the son of the legend has a US passport and no criminal record, and so do not understand why he would be detained.
TMZ Sports says Ali Jr may be suing the United States Treasury and Homeland Security.
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