In a concurring opinion, Judge Reinhardt issued a heartfelt plea for an undocumented immigration who had lived in the the United States for nearly 30 years, was married to a US citizen, had US citizen children, and who was a successful business owner. "We are unable to prevent Magana Ortiz’s removal, yet it is contrary to the values of this nation and its legal system. Indeed, the government’s decision to remove Magana Ortiz diminishes not only our country but our courts, which are supposedly dedicated to the pursuit of justice. 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. I concur as a judge, but as a citizen I do not."
The full text of his impassioned defense of the immigrant petitioner in Ortiz v. Sessions can be found here: