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Muhammad Ali Jr says airport detention made him feel violated

28 February, 2017, 11:06 | Author: Mae Harvey

Muhammad Ali's son has described feeling "violated" when immigration officials questioned him about his religion at a Florida airport.

Muhammad Ali Jr., the son of the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, has opened up about being detained when U.S. Customs officials stopped him for almost two hours while traveling with his mother at a Florida airport February 7.

Mr Ali and his mother said it was the first time they had been asked if they were Muslims when re-entering the United States.

At the age of 44, Ali had no prior criminal record, carries a USA passport and has never had a situation as this one happen to him before he said.

But Mancini said the pair were detained due to their Arabic-sounding names, and Ali Jr. was repeatedly asked, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"

"We treat all travelers with respect and sensitivity", the agency said.

"I was in a state of shock", she said.

"They rolled him away. So why are you stopping me?"

When asked about what he would say to President Trump if he would apologize for the detainment on the account of protecting the American people, Ali visibly frustrated responded saying "I'm not American?"

Ali Jr., who was born in Philadelphia, said he was detained for about an hour and 45 minutes. "They're asked specifically about their Arabic names". They have not traveled overseas since, and are considering filing a federal lawsuit. And I was like, 'What difference does it make?

"An American citizen returning to the US doesn't get processed as an immigrant". I offered my social security card.

In the end, when he was released, Ali said he was given neither an explanation for why he was stopped, nor an apology.

"I was scared!" she said. He has no criminal record.

"I was kind of wondering why he asked me about my religion", he added. "I was like, 'What does that matter?'"

Ali Jr confirmed to CBS News that he was asked about his religion.

Anthony Mason asked, "What's your response to that?" On Monday, the two spoke on "CBS the Morning" about the harrowing religious profiling they experienced. Christian?' Like there's a problem with it?

"That situation made me feel like I was at my father's funeral", he admitted.

"They said, 'You're free to go, '" Ali Jr. said.

Mancini was referring to President Donald Trump's January 27 controversial and wide-ranging executive order, which suspended refugee resettlement for 120 days and refugee resettlement from Syria indefinitely and temporarily halted travel of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days. But Ali suggested that, while the travel ban was not in effect, it may be connected to his experience.

"It's like history is repeating itself", he said.
She bought a Koran to the show and said she was offering it as a gift to Trump. Though she said she did not blame him, she wanted him to read the Islamic holy book.

She also hoped the Trump administration would "take Muslim and Islamic off the terrorism agenda".

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