In yet another installment of the ongoing saga of Who Will Trump Screw Next?, the Courier-Journal is reporting that Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the famous boxer and an American-born citizen, was detained for two hours at a Florida airport and questioned about his faith.
‘Where Did You Get Your Name’
On Feb. 7, 2017, Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after attending a Black History Month event in Jamaica. According to the Courier-Journal:
“They were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.
Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, ‘Where did you get your name from?’ and ‘Are you Muslim?'”
Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972, for the record. He is a Florida resident and a citizen with a U.S. passport who just happens to be Muslim.
The family’s lawyer said:
“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 … “Imagine walking into an airport and being asked about your religion. This is classic customs profiling.”
This incident occurred two days before a U.S. Federal Appeals Court upheld a lower courts’ ruling that the Muslim ban, signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 27, overstepped legal boundaries. The Ali family made their case public on Feb. 24.
Thousands of people were detained in the few days that the ban was in place, sparking protests at airports across the nation.
Trump vowed to submit a new executive order to replace the one that’s been shot down by several courts, despite angrily tweeting “SEE YOU IN COURT” after the ruling from the Ninth Circuit.
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