(BIVN) – The attorney representing Andres Magana Ortiz, the Kona coffee farmer and undocumented immigrant facing deportation as early as this week, provided media with an update on his clients’ case Wednesday on Oahu.
Following an hour long teleconference call with Judge Mansfield, the U.S. District Attorney and federal officials, Magana Ortiz’ attorney Jim Stanton spoke to reporters outside the courthouse in Honolulu.
With a Thursday deadline looming, Stanton said the judge wants the parties to get back in communication with one another to try to work something out, injecting a shot of hope into Magana Ortiz’ struggle to stay in Hawaii, where he is a respected coffee farmer in Honaunau.
Stanton would not go into details about the possible issues to be discussed between the parties.
Managa Ortiz is still scheduled to go to Oahu tomorrow for an interview with federal officials, which could lead to his detainment and deportation.
Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., Hawaii’s congressional delegation is keeping up the pressure. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard today spoke on the House floor, urging Congress to pass a ‘private bill’ she introduced this week For the Relief of Andres Magana Ortiz (H.R.2794).
by Big Island Video News
HONOLULU - Jim Stanton, the lawyer representing the Kona coffee farmer threatened with deportation, gives a media conference outside court.