Muhammad Ali Jr., son of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was detained for two hours at a Florida airport on Feb. 7 and asked about his religious beliefs. Gee, I wonder why?
Ali is indeed Muslim, like his father was. He's also a passport-carrying American citizen without a criminal record—in no way does he violate the letter of President Trump's travel ban. Nevertheless, immigration officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport questioned him at length after he got off a flight from Jamaica with his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was only allowed to enter the country because she had a photo of herself with Ali Sr.
According to Ali Jr., he was asked questions including, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?” The Trump administration has at times argued that their travel restrictions are not designed to weed out anyone according to religion.
"What right does the United States have to inquire about somebody's religion when they enter the country?" Ali family friend and former federal prosecutor Chris Mancini asked the Miami New Times. "There was no other basis for a secondary inspection. This is an instance where the ban has been enforced even though it has been thrown out. The government is still trying to find grounds to keep Muslims out."
That certainly seems to be the case. Luckily, at least so far, they don't seem to be very good at it.