Muhammad Ali Jr, 44, who was born in Philadelphia and has a US passport, was travelling along with his mom Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the late sports activities icon’s second spouse, good friend and lawyer Chris Mancini advised the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Mancini advised the newspaper that each have been held for questioning on the Fort Lauderdale Worldwide Airport on February seventh due to their Arabic-sounding names.
Camacho-Ali nevertheless was launched after she confirmed US Customs brokers a photograph of herself together with her ex-husband.
Ali Jr nevertheless, had no such photograph – and in accordance with Mancini was held for practically two hours and repeatedly requested “The place did you get your title from?” and “Are you Muslim?”
When he stated that he – like his father – was a Muslim, the brokers requested additional probing questions.
“To the Ali household, it’s crystal clear that that is straight linked to Mr. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the US,” Mancini stated, a reference to President Donald Trump’s late January government order imposing a 90-day entry ban for residents of seven Muslim majority international locations.
The journey ban has since been halted by a US federal court docket.
Mancini stated that he and the Ali household are looking for out what number of different folks have been stopped for related questioning, and are contemplating a federal lawsuit.
Airport and Customs officers didn’t reply queries from the newspaper concerning the case.
Muhammad Ali, one of many iconic 20th-century sports activities heroes, died after a protracted battle with Parkinson’s Illness on June 3. He was 74.
Ali was celebrated as a lot for his three world heavyweight titles as for his civil rights battles exterior the ring.
In 1964 Ali dropped his beginning title of Cassius Clay when he transformed to Islam.
The Louisville, Kentucky native was married 4 instances he was survived by seven daughters and two sons.