Muhammad Ali Jr. Stopped Again at Airport, He Claims Religious Profiling
- Author: Annette Adams Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:25
The latest alleged incident follows a complaint by Ali that immigration agents detained him for almost two hours at the Fort-Lauderdale International Airport in Florida. Ali Jr. was asked over the phone to verify his date of birth and where he was born.
Mancini accused the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of trying to cover up the incident by downplaying it.
He recounted that he was asked about being Muslim by officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7 when flying back from Jamaica with his mother Khalilah Ali.
The tweet included a photo of Wasserman Schultz and Ali Jr. on a plane.
"Upon arriving at the airline check-in counter, a call was made to confirm Mr. Ali's identity with TSA officials", they said.
"From the way they were treated, from what was said to them, they can come up with no other rational explanation except they fell into a profiling program run by customs, which is created to obtain information from anyone who says they're a Muslim", Mancini said in a phone interview last month.
Muhammad Ali's son was stopped and questioned at an airport Friday for the second time in recent months, his attorney said.
The TSA denied having detained Ali. He received a targeted pat down in the area of his jewelry and was let go.
But Mancini called that story a "pack full of lies", saying Ali had to talk to the Department of Homeland Security on the phone for about 20 minutes before he could proceed to security.
"We have the Department of Homeland Security that appears to be targeting people based on their religion for screening and retaliating against people for speaking up about it?"
Ali told members of Congress on Thursday that he felt like his "human rights" were violated.
Though the U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement to the Washington Post asserting that the agency does not discriminate "based on religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation", it is notable that Ali and his mother had these experiences while Trump's travel bans were in effect.
"I got off the plane and was nearly at baggage claim when they stopped me and asked, 'What is your name, who named you and what is your religion, '" he said. The forum was organized by Democratic lawmakers.
Earlier this week they unveiled a campaign for religious freedom in the spirit of the boxing icon, supported by former boxers Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes and Roberto Duran among others.