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Muhammad Ali's Son Detained Again, Blames Trump Ban (Photo)

| by Sean Kelly

The son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was once again detained and questioned at an airport, this time before boarding a flight home to Florida.

Muhammad Ali Jr. was reportedly attempting to board a JetBlue fight at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on March 10 when he was detained and questioned for 20 minutes. Ali talked to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via phone and presented his passport and driver's license before he was allowed to board, The Hill reports.

Just one month earlier on Feb. 7, Ali and his mother were detained and questioned when they arrived home from an event in Jamaica. Ali's lawyer, Chris Mancini, said that Ali was questioned for nearly two hours about his Muslim faith and where he was born.

"To the Ali family, it's crystal clear that this is directly linked to Mr. [Donald] Trump's efforts to ban Muslims from the United States," Mancini said in a statement at the time.

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On March 6, Trump signed an executive order revising his original travel ban, which bans entry to the U.S. from six countries. The original ban was criticized not only for its apparent targeting of Muslims and Muslim nations not linked to terrorism in the U.S., but also due to its sudden rollout that caused chaos across the nation.

More than 100 foreign policy experts, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and John Kerry, penned a letter to Trump denouncing the new ban on March 11.

"The revised executive order will jeopardize our relationship with allies and partners on whom we rely for vital counterterrorism cooperation and information-sharing to Muslims -- including those victimized by or fighting against ISIS -- it will send a message that reinforces the propaganda of ISIS and other extremist groups, that falsely claim the United States is at war with Islam," the letter stated.

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"Welcoming Muslim refugees and travelers, by contrast, exposes the lies of terrorists and counters their warped vision," the letter, which 134 experts who worked in both Democratic and Republican administrations signed, continues.

Meanwhile, a judge declined to implement an emergency order that would ban Trump's new travel ban, BBC reports. The judge, James Robart, was the same Seattle district judge who effectively stopped the original ban from taking effect. 

Robart argued that lawyers would need to present more documentation to make their case.

The March 6 ban reportedly does not give travel priority to religious minorities, which many critics feel is partly what makes it unconstitutional, as it would give preferential treatment to Christians entering the U.S. as opposed to Muslims. 

Sources: The Hill (2), BBC / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Getty Images via The Hill

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