Muhammad Ali’s son and ex-wife are calling for an end to President Donald Trump’s travel ban with the launch of the “Step Into the Ring” campaign.
Muhammad Ali Jr. and Khalilah Camacho-Ali’s religious freedom campaign has drawn support from boxing legends like Evander Holyfield, Larry Holmes and Roberto Duran, and will raise awareness about the fight against Trump’s controversial executive order with the hashtag #AlivsTrump, The Associated Press reported.
The campaign comes a month after Ali and his mother were detained at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport upon returning from Jamaica, in what the family’s attorney claims was a residual effect of Trump’s temporary travel ban on visitors from several countries with populations that are predominately Muslim.
“There shouldn’t be a travel ban,” Camacho-Ali told the AP. “If I don’t speak up now, they’re going to keep harassing us … I’m paranoid. I’m just waiting for somebody to mess with me. That’s not a good feeling when you have to travel.”
On Monday, Trump issued a revised travel ban ― which will take effect on March 16 ― that blocks citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries from obtaining visas for at least 90 days. His previous executive order was struck down by federal judges.
To coincide with the launch of “Step Into the Ring,” Ali and Camacho-Ali will detail their experience to lawmakers during a forum on Thursday in Washington. Democrats invited the mother and son to speak at a meeting coordinated by members of the House subcommittee on border security, and the pair will use the forum to push to testify at a formal hearing.
“We, as a family, have been fighting this for a very long time,” Camacho-Ali told the AP. “We are going to continue to fight for religious justice.”