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Muhammad Ali's son launching religious freedom campaign

  • FILE - In this April 15, 1975 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2-and-a-half year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue.
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    FILE - In this April 15, 1975 file photo, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, and Little Muhammad Ali, his 2-and-a-half year old son, arrive at Miami Beach, Fla. Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Khalilah Ali, right, a former wife of Muhammad Ali, and Marvis Frazier, son of Joe Frazier, pose for a photograph before the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Joe in Philadelphia. Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother Khalilah were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Khalilah Ali, right, a former wife of Muhammad Ali, and Marvis Frazier, son of Joe Frazier, pose for a photograph before the unveiling of a statue dedicated to Joe in Philadelphia. Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother Khalilah were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 21, 1973, file photo, Khalilah Ali, second wife of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, sits surrounded by their children at Ali's training camp at Deer Lake, Pa., Shown are: Muhammad Jr. in mom's lap; Maryum, standing; and twins Reesheda, left, and Jamillah. Khalilah is the former Belinda Boyd.  Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother Khalilah were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue. (AP Photo/File)

    In this Aug. 21, 1973, file photo, Khalilah Ali, second wife of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, sits surrounded by their children at Ali's training camp at Deer Lake, Pa., Shown are: Muhammad Jr. in mom's lap; Maryum, standing; and twins Reesheda, left, and Jamillah. Khalilah is the former Belinda Boyd. Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears his name, is launching a campaign in support of religious freedom a month after he and his mother Khalilah were detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport. Ali Jr. said he was questioned about his religion during the incident, which showed him that work remains around his father’s fight on the issue. (AP Photo/File)  (The Associated Press)

Muhammad Ali's son is declaring a "showdown" over religious freedom against President Donald Trump a month after he and his mother were detained by immigration officials in a Florida airport.

Muhammad Ali Jr. and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali, are headed to Washington Thursday to meet with lawmakers to discuss the issue and their experience. The mother and son said they were detained and questioned on Feb. 7 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as they returned from a Black History Month event in Jamaica.

Ali Jr. said he was asked if he was Muslim and that he explained to officials that he was the son of the former heavyweight champion. He says he and his mother were targeted because they are Muslim and have Arabic names.

They will meet with lawmakers who are part of a House subcommittee on border security in hopes of testifying in the future.