For the second time in a month, Muhammad Ali, Jr. has been detained by immigration officials at a U.S. airport.
The Associated Press reported that Ali was pulled aside and questioned for about 20 minutes at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Friday evening, before finally being allowed to board his flight back to Florida.
Ali, who is a Muslim, was required to speak with officials at the Department of Homeland Security by phone, and show his driver’s license and passport, then boarded the JetBlue Airways flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Ironically, Ali had flown to Washington, D.C. to meet with lawmakers regarding the previous incident on February 7, when he and his mother were detained at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after returning from a trip to Jamaica.
He had spoken with several members of a border security congressional subcommittee to discuss his earlier experience – but didn’t even make it out of of town before it happened again.
His attorney, Chris Mancini, had reportedly gone with him to D.C., and stated after the detention, “Going to Washington obviously opened up a can of worms at DHS.”
Ali claims he is being targeted because he is Muslim.
The TSA said they patted him down because his jewelry set off an alarm going through security.
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) happened to be on the same flight, and tweeted out a photo of herself and Ali after they got on the plane, saying, “On way home on DOMESTIC FLIGHT Muhammad Ali Jr. detained AGAIN… Religiously profiling son of ‘The Greatest’ will not make us safe.”
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) March 10, 2017
In the following interview, Ali and his mother were interviewed by CBS This Morning regarding the February 7 incident.
H/T: Associated Press
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