Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late great boxer Muhammad Ali, was detained and questioned at a Washington airport Friday by immigration enforcement, less than a month after he was detained for several hours at a different U.S. airport.
Ali’s lawyer, Chris Mancini, said that when Ali attempted to board a JetBlue Airways flight at Reagan National Airport to Florida on Friday he was detained for 20 minutes. According to the AP report, Ali spoke to Department of Homeland Security officials by telephone and showed his driver’s license and passport before he was allowed to board his flight home.
This comes a month after Ali and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali were reportedly pulled aside and asked if they were Muslim while arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida from a Black History Month event in Jamaica.
Ali is a Muslim, was born in Philadelphia and holds a U.S. passport.
“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,” Mancini said, referring to Donald Trump’s executive order after the first incident.
Ali was reportedly meeting with lawmakers in Washington this week about President Trump’s travel ban and the February incident at the Florida airport.
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