Imagine getting comfortable in a new place, you build a life there, get the job of your dreams, have a family and generally everything is great. But then, in the blink of an eye, all of that gets taken away from you.
The worst part is that you can’t do much about it because you’ve been fighting to have the right to stay where you built this new life for a very, very long time. This is what happened to Andres Magana Ortiz.
Ortiz is a coffee farmer in Hawaii who build a pretty big name for himself. He said goodbye to his wife and three kids at Kona International Airport late Friday after the Department of Homeland Security rejected his petition for legal status
His lawyers argued that because he was married to a U.S. citizen, he should have the right to have legal status in America, according to NBC.
Andres’ voluntarily ended up leaving the United States after Homeland Security rejected his petition to grant him legal status.
According to NBC-affiliate KNHL, Magana left Hawaii voluntarily to return to Mexico, after leaving at the age of 15 to join his mother.
Ever since he came to America, he managed to start his own coffee farm in Hawaii’s Kona region and became well-respected in his community.
He told KNHL, “Very, very sad and very disappointed in many ways, but there’s not much I can do. Just follow what I have to do.”
Ortiz has been trying to get legal citizenship in America for almost three decades. His daughter, who is a U.S. citizen, had recently filed for permission to allow him to remain in the country.
However, while those applications were pending, the government ordered him to report for removal. This was in March, according to KNHL.
His daughter told news reports, “I don’t feel like it’s happening. After so much fight that we went through, for it to just send like this. I mean, it’s not necessarily ending, but it’s hard to see him go”
Magana Ortiz’s flight started at Hawaii’s Kona airport, then went to San Francisco, then to Houston and finally landed at Morelia, Mexico according to Star-Advertiser.
This is the nearest airport to the village of Magana Ortiz. In 2011, under the Obama administration, he was granted a temporary stay in 2014.
But in March, President Trump’s administration ramped up immigration enforcement efforts and Ortiz was ordered to leave again. He was granted a 30-day stay from deportation last month, which ended on Saturday.
His daughter Victoria Magana Ledesma, 20, told Honolulu Star-Advertiser, “We said our goodbyes at home. My dad decided it was better for my brother and sister to not go all the way to the airport”
This entire case gained more attention after the Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt called the deportation of this man “inhumane”
The judge noted that though he couldn’t block the authority’s deportation order, the fact that the government removed Ortiz “shows that even the ‘good hombres’ are not safe” according to news reports.
Though it’s not clear what the future holds for Magana Ortiz, his daughter told the Star-Advertiser that the family will continue to fight until their get their father back.
There are many different things that can be done in order to try and get Ortiz to return back to the life it took him 30 or so years to build.