Why Was Muhammad Ali Jr. Detained By Customs At A Florida Airport?

By Kellee Terrell

While #45 swears his now-defunct Muslim travel ban wasn’t a ban on Muslims, the xenophobia is still being felt in airports across the nation. Case in point, Muhammad Ali Jr. , so of the boxer/humanitarian, was recently detained by customs in Florida when returning from a trip from Jamaica.

Muhammad Ali Jr. was detained by immigration officials at a U.S. airport earlier this month. https://t.co/bJJFJd9tXs pic.twitter.com/5sfaNccaAI

— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 25, 2017

According to the Courier Journal, Ali Jr., 44, and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from a speaking engagement for a Black History Month event in Montego Bay. As they went through customs, they were pulled aside because of their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.

Camacho-Ali was released after showing a picture of herself with her late husband Muhammad Ali, but her son didn’t have a picture of his father and was detained for further questioning. He claims that officials repeatedly asked, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”

Ali stressed that he …read more

Source:: Black America Web

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