Muhammad Ali's son detained under Trump immigration ban
- Author: Larry Hoffman Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 5:22
Ali and his mother were in Jamaica, where she gave a speech about black history.
He says he was asked twice if he is Muslim.
"He was detained", his lawyer, Chris Mancini, told InsideEdition.com.
Muhammad Ali Jr (l.), pictured with his father Muhammad Ali, is a US citizen.
Muhammad Ali's son was detained at Fort Lauderdale International Airport earlier this month - in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, it was revealed Friday. They were pulled aside while going through customs due to their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini. Khalilah reportedly showed officers a photo of her with her ex husband, and she was let go.
Reports indicate Ali is considering legal action and Mancini says he will explore other cases of religious discrimination before filing a lawsuit.
According to Mancini, he has no criminal record and his passport is from the United States. Because incidents involving customs officials are considered to be on federal soil, local police had no jurisdiction to help her. Ali Jr. was eventually released two hours later, and the family contacted Mancini the following day.
"This is an outrage", a family spokesperson told the Miami New Times.
"Due to the restrictions of the Privacy Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can not discuss individual travelers", Norma Morfa, a spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in a statement. This is an instance where the ban has been enforced even though it has been thrown out.