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Muhammad Ali's son was detained at a Florida airport by immigration officers

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Muhammad Ali Jr, the son of the late legendary boxer, was reportedly detained by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, USA Today reported. The 44-year-old and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in early February and subsequently were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.

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
Chris Mancini

Camacho-Ali go was freed after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband. Mancini said authorities held and questioned Ali Jr. for roughly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"

When he acknowledged he was a Muslim, authorities reportedly kept questioning him about his religion and his place of birth. He was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport.

Mancini said he and the Ali family are considering filing a federal lawsuit.

"Imagine walking into an airport and being asked about your religion," he said. "This is classic customs profiling."


Airport officials didn't respond to requests for comment on Friday. 

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