“I am anything but Brazilian,” said Schreiner, who was adopted from Brazil by a U.S. family three decades ago.
In handcuffs and accompanied by two agents, Schreiner said he was flown on a commercial flight from Phoenix to New York.
However, in New York, American Airlines officials didn’t want to let Schreiner on the flight to Rio de Janeiro.
The only documentation ICE agents had for Schreiner was a “certificate of nationality” that the consulate in Los Angeles, caving into U.S. pressure, had issued.
“He is a wanted felon in Brazil,” Schreiner said the agents told airline officials, who relented and let him on the flight.