President Donald Trump’s now-blocked travel ban is so extreme and unconstitutional that even former President George W. “Mission Accomplished” Bush agrees that it is wrong.
The seven nations travel ban, which was presented under the guise of protecting Americans from terrorism, is clearly little more than a back door form of direct persecution against Muslims, both foreign and native born. Muhammad Ali, Jr., the son of the late boxing icon, discovered this the hard way when he was recently detained at an airport.
On February 7th, Muhammad and his mother Khalilah Camacho-Ali were returning from a trip to Jamaica and reentered the United States at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Ali recounted that he and his mother were walking to baggage claim when “the guy from immigration pulled me aside and asked me my name. I was like, ‘OK, my name is Muhammad Ali,’ and he asked me, ‘What is your religion?’ I was like, ‘Why would you even ask me what my religion is?’”
Muhammad, who holds a U.S. passport, went on, “I said, ‘I’m Muslim,’ and it was like he didn’t believe me because he took me in a backroom and asked me the same questions again. So I answered them and I was like, ‘What is this all about?’” Ali recounted that they just told him, “We’re checking something.” He continued, “I was like, ‘OK, but I was waiting an hour and 45 minutes for you to check something.’” He also recalled that the officers separated him from his mother during the search. Khalilah shared her own perspective, saying, “Muhammad Ali, everybody knows him as a person who stands up for what you believe in. We must carry on that legend, because if we let people get away with it now, then there will be no end to the trauma. These people are going through a lot, not just us.” Are you disgusted at how these two American Muslims were treated?