Washington D.C., Mar 9, 2017 / 16:45 pm
Family members of boxing great Muhammed Ali say they were detained at an airport for their religion and have linked the incident President Donald Trump's travel ban, which they are challenging on religious freedom grounds.
"There shouldn't be a travel ban," said Khalilah Camacho Ali, the boxer's former wife. "If I don't speak up now, they're going to keep harassing us."
She said Muhammed Ali's family has been fighting for religious rights "for a very long time," adding "We are going to continue to fight for religious justice."
Muhammed Ali, Jr. and his mother Khalilah Camacho Ali, were detained and questioned Feb. 7 at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as they returned from a Black History Month event in Jamaica, the Associated Press reports. They said they were asked if they were Muslim and a family spokesman charged they were flagged for their Arabic-sounding names.