July 10, 2017,
A well-known coffee farmer in Hawaii who had fought his deportation to Mexico said goodbye to his wife and three US-born children Friday, ahead of a final removal order.
Andres Magana Ortiz, 43, whose deportation fight was buoyed by his community in Hawaii and by support from the state’s congressional delegation, voluntarily left the United States Friday after the Department of Homeland Security rejected a petition to grant him legal status because he is married to a US citizen, Hawaii News Now reported.
BuzzFeed News reached out to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for additional information, but did not immediately receive a response.
“We said our goodbyes at home. My dad decided it was better for my brother and my sister to not go all the way to the airport,” Magana Ortiz’ 20-year-old daughter, Victoria Magana Ledesma told the Honolulu Star Advertiser, referring to her younger siblings, who are 12 and14.
“I don’t feel like it’s happening,” Ledesma said. “After so much fight that we went through, for it to just end like this. I mean, it’s not necessarily ending, but it is hard to see him go.”
Magana Ortiz bought his flight from Hawaii’s Kona airport to San Francisco, and then Houston, and finally to Morelia, Mexico, Ledesma told the Star Advertiser. Morelia is the nearest airport to the village Magana Ortiz left at age 15, when he moved to the US to live with his mother.