The son of the legendary boxing champion Muhammad Ali was detained at a Florida airport this month and he was asked whether he was a Muslim, according to a family friend.
Chris Mancini, who is a former federal prosecutor, said “This is an outrage, 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.”
“What right does the United States have to inquire about somebody’s religion when they enter the country?” Mancini said. “This is an instance where the ban has been enforced even though it has been thrown out. The government is still trying to find grounds to keep Muslims out.”
Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, was pulled aside by customs at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 for questioning.
He was returning to the United States from Jamaica with his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali when the incident happened, Chris Mancini, a family friend and lawyer, told the Courier-Journal Friday.
Camacho-Ali was able to pass the customs when she gave a photo of herself with Muhammad Ali, but her son was detained for almost two hours since he did not have such a photo.
He said that during his detention officials asked him questions like: “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”