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Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport, asked ‘are you Muslim?’

Muhammad Ali seen boxing at his training camp in Toronto, March 25, 1966. A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport.

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A lawyer says the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport.

Chris Mancini tells the Courier-Journal in Louisville, Kentucky that 44-year-old Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from Jamaica.

Mancini says officials questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"

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Mancini says officials continued questioning Ali Jr. after acknowledging that he was Muslim. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia and holds a U.S. passport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they "cannot discuss individual travellers; however, all international travellers arriving in the U.S. are subject to CBP inspection."

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