In a shocking incident, the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for four hours by immigration officials in Florida earlier this month and repeatedly asked about his religion.
Muhammad Ali, 44, and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of the boxer, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7 after an event in Jamaica, when they were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic sounding names, reports the USA Today quoting Ali's family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.
Camacho-Ali was let go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, however, her son was not so lucky as he was questioned for two straight hours, where he was repeatedly asked, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"
When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born.
Mancini said he and the Ali family are thinking about filing a federal lawsuit and are currently trying to find out how many other people have been subjected to the same treatment as Ali Jr.
"Imagine walking into an airport and being asked about your religion. This is classic customs profiling," he 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," Mancini said, referring to President Trump's executive order signed January 27 that instituted a ban for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.