Hawaiian Coffee Farmer and Father of Three Deported After 28 Years in the U.S.

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Magana Ortiz, a well-respected figure in the Hawaiian coffee industry, was rejected legal status and sent back to his homeland of Mexico last Friday. 

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The long-time coffee farmer made his way to the United States 28 years ago with the help of human traffickers and quickly turned his life around. According to Hawaii News Now, the Mexican farmer came to California in 1989 and then eventually found himself setting up shop in Hawaii. After working hard for many years, the father-of-three established his own farmland and began to make a name for himself. 

Once the news broke that Ortiz would no longer be granted a stay and was ordered to pack his bags, the people of Hawaii were very concerned. The family man even had a team of attorneys who worked together to compile several petitions to allow him to stay in the country. It is obvious how influential the 43-year-old is in the industry and the region. Even more heartbreaking, he had to leave his family behind for his homeland, in which only one blood relative still remains. 

This is not the first time that the U.S. immigration laws have ripped people from their families, but many victims of deportation have raised questions. President Donald Trump once said that these acts would target the "bad hombres." So what about the good ones? U.S. Federal Judge, Stephen Reinhardt, raised his voice in concern for this matter, despite having to turn down the appeals. “Magana Ortiz and his family are in truth, not the only victims. Among the others are judges who, forced to participate in such inhumane acts, suffer a loss of dignity and humanity as well,” Reinhardt said.

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Ortiz, who said his goodbyes to his family on the farm, was interviewed by Hawaii News Now. "Very, very sad and very disappointed in many ways, but there’s not much I can do, just follow what I have to do and hopefully, in a little bit, things can get better," he mentioned before his departure.