Muhammad Ali Jr. — son of the great boxer who passed away last year — was traveling with his mother back from Jamaica earlier this month where she had been giving a talk about black history. He says that he was detained for two hours and questioned twice about his religion.
His mother, however, wasn’t detained when she produced “a picture of herself with her ex-husband,” but Muhammad Ali Jr. wasn’t carrying one of himself. Apparently a photo with Muhammad Ali is a ‘get out of ICE detention free’ card while the name Muhammad Ali Jr. is not.
[I]mmigration officers asked Ali Jr. for his full name, date of birth, and religion. They held him for 30 minutes, then separated him from his mother, and took him to a small room. An officer returned a half-hour later and again asked him his religion, Mancini says. He was held for about an hour more before being released.
This is, of course, his side of the story. Still.. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement: floats like a butterly, stings like a bee?