Muhammad Ali Jr, son and namesake of the famous championship boxer and activist believes he’s being targeted by the Department of Homeland Security.
The son of Muhammad Ali was detained for the second time within about a month at an airport. He says the last time, it was just one day after he’d testified about Trump’s travel ban policies. Ali told lawmakers that Homeland Security was racially and religiously profiled.
Friday, Homeland Security officials stopped Ali at Reagan National Airport. He was flying out of Washington, DC, headed back home to Fort Lauderdale, according to attorney Chris Mancini.
The attorney told Daily News that his client has “quite obviously he’s now been put on a different status.” Mancini believes Ali has been placed on some type of “watch list.”
Officials refused to let Ali Jr. on the JetBlue plane, rejecting his identification and repeatedly asking him where he was from, the lawyer said.
After around 20 to 25 minutes, the 44-year-old was allegedly allowed to get on the plane after producing his American passport.
Trouble at the airport occurred after the legendary boxer’s son told lawmakers that he believed he was being targeted for his race and his Muslim faith because of President Trump’s executive orders on immigration from certain Muslim countries.
He recounted that he was asked about being Muslim by officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 when flying back from Jamaica with his mother Khalilah Ali.
Ali Jr. told the forum on the effects of Trump’s orders, which several Democrats but no Republican lawmakers attended, that he was profiled for both his race and religion when he was held for more than an hour and a half.
Mancini speculated that the reason for his friend being detained again had something to do with the event, saying that Ali Jr.’s retelling his story was the one thing that had changed between when Ali Jr. went to Washington with no problems and when he returned to Florida.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D – Fla.) was also on the Friday flight and posted a picture of herself with Ali Jr.
“Religiously profiling the son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe,” she said.