Muhammad Ali Jr. was just coming back from a Black History Month event in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Everything was fine until he encountered immigration officials in the airport. He was then was detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This occurred on February 7th.
Khalilah Camacho-Ali, Muhammad Ali Jr.’s mother, said they held her son and questioned him for nearly two hours. He was reportedly asked about his name and whether or not he was Muslim. They continued to ask him questions about where he was born, as well as his faith.
Chris Mancini, the family’s lawyer, says this happened because of the president’s controversial ban and profiling of Muslims. “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,” he said. “This whole thing was triggered by his beliefs. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is profiling. They have no right to inquire into his religion.”
Mancini says the family may follow through with a lawsuit.