Muhammad Ali Jr. on Airport Detainment: 'I'm Not American?'

Lauren Perry
February 27, 2017

Ali Jr. was questioned for approximately one hour and forty-five minutes after already having cleared through customs.

Ali Jr., 44, who confirmed his Muslim faith, was detained about two hours, despite telling officials that he's Ali's son and a native-born US citizen, Mancini said.

Ali Jr - an American citizen who was born in Philadelphia - was then subjected to an hour and 45 minutes of questions, despite already having cleared immigration and been allowed onto U.S. soil. They also say it's not uncommon to pull a passenger aside after initial screening.

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?"

Asked why the matter was just now coming to light, Mancini said: "Khalilah had prior commitments as did I and when she finally got in to see me for a legal opinion of what they did, I brought it to the media immediately".

"I felt very uncomfortable and Muhammad Ali, everybody knows him as a person that stands up for what you believe in".

"They rolled him away". 'I'm a USA citizen, you've seen my state ID, you've seen my passport, I got my social security card so why are you stopping me?' "So why are you stopping me?"

Camacho-Ali, Ali's second wife, said she was scared the entire time but was released by officials once she showed a picture of herself with her late ex-husband. He also said he had never been questioned or stopped before, adding that he does not have any criminal record.

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.

Muhammad Ali's son has reportedly been detained under the travel ban into the United States.

In a statement emailed Sunday morning to The Washington Post, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stated that its "officers adhere to the highest standards of professionalism".

The agency said in a statement that its officers process more than 1.2 million worldwide travelers daily with "vigilance and in accordance with the law".

The two, who live in Deerfield Beach, Florida, were returning from a speaking engagement at a Black History Month event in Jamaica. CBP does not discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation ...

"We treat all travelers with respect and sensitivity", the spokesman said. "Integrity is our cornerstone".

Monday on CBS This Morning Camacho held up the Koran and said she was offering it as a gift to Trump. Ali Jr. said of the agent who he claims asked his religion.

Ali said officers would only tell him, "We're checking something". The iconic boxer died past year age 74.

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