Oops, US Customs Puts the Screws to the Wrong Muslim

Ali's son detained by immigration at Fla. airport

Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from speaking at a Black History Month event in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini. 

Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn't as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, "Where did you get your name from?" and "Are you Muslim?"

When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport.

My question is what were they going to do with Ali - send him back to Jamaica or deport him to Philadelphia?

... but wait there's more:

Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control

Fox, who is famous worldwide for her best-selling books including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic, was en route to a conference in Milwaukee earlier this month when she was stopped.  She told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was questioned by border agents for two hours in front of a room full of people – an experience that left her feeling like she had been physically assaulted.

Any writer who indulges in Possum Magic obviously represents a potential threat to national security.

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Comment by Kage Alan on February 25, 2017 at 9:24am

Was just reading about that. They kind of screwed the pooch on that one.

Comment by Kage Alan on February 25, 2017 at 9:25am

But I'm sure Doc Vega would find a way to justify it.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 9:32am

Thanks Kage, just hope that you and yours don't get detained as suspect Chinese Uygruh Islamic terrorists.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 25, 2017 at 9:35am

Or deport him to Jamaica, Queens

Comment by Kage Alan on February 25, 2017 at 9:36am

Tell me about it, especially since Sarcasm is the language I'm most fluent in.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 9:50am

Kosh, you score extra points for that comment.  Kage, is there a country called Sarcasmia?

Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 25, 2017 at 10:06am

I think these two women are from Sarcasmia...

Image result for muslim deport me to the hospital

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 11:14am

Great stuff Amy.  Thanks.

Comment by Boanerges on February 25, 2017 at 2:16pm

@Kosh @Amy -- that's beyond witty. (I mean that in a good way.)

Really JMac? The first wife and son of our generation's (maybe any generation's) boxer? A children's books author? Were these people born ignorant?

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 25, 2017 at 3:37pm

I think most Customs agents and Border Patrol dudes get paid about the same as TSA or a Mall Cop.

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