LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Muhammad Ali's son was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigators at a Florida airport earlier this month, his attorney confirmed on Saturday.
Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Montego Bay, Jamaica on February 7 when they were directed to secondary inspections, Chris Mancini said.
The two were interviewed separately and both asked if they are Muslim, Mancini said.
Khalilah was released from questioning after showing authorities a photo of herself with Muhammad Ali Sr. Mancini described her reaction, saying she was frantic and screaming, "Where is my son?"
Ali Jr. was questioned for nearly two hours, according to Mancini. He was asked where he was born and where his name came from.
WAVE 3 News reached out to US Customs and Border Protection for a comment but the department has not yet responded.
Congressman John Yarmuth issued a statement Saturday.
"This incident clearly shows President Trump's travel ban was being used for racial and religious profiling," Yarmuth said. "In this case, a Muslim man, born and raised in the U.S., was returning home from Jamaica for a Black History Month celebration. That he is the son of one of our nation's most famous and revered citizens only brings more attention to the injustice facing many trying to live their lives in peace. Freedom of religion is one of the core founding principles of the United States, and with a new travel ban expected next week, we as a nation must not accept any further assault on that principle."
Mancini said his office has been inundated with calls over in the past few days from other travelers describing similar experiences. Legal action is being considered but no lawsuits have been filed at this time, he added.
Khalilah Camacho-Ali was married to Muhammad Ali from 1967 to 1977. They had four children together - Maryum Ali, Rasheda Ali, Jamillah Ali and Muhammad Ali Jr.