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Families Divided

"Where is my son?": A migrant father was deported in May. His son is still in a Texas shelter.

David Xol and his 7-year-old son, Byron, spent three days in a wooden crate on their way to the U.S. in May. After being separated from his son at the border, Xol was sent back to a remote village in the highlands of Guatemala. He has no idea when Byron is coming home.

David Xol, an indigenous farmworker from Guatemala, made his way across Mexico with his 7-year-old son, Byron. Xol was deported back to Guatemala; Byron remains in a shelter in Baytown.

Families Divided

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance” immigration policy, which led to the separation of children from adults who crossed the border illegally, has fueled a national outcry. Sign up for our ongoing coverage. Send story ideas to tips@texastribune.org.

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301 Ilfrey St., Baytown, Texas, a BCFS facility for immigrant minors, seen Sunday Aug 12, 2018.
Florinda Bol with one of her three sons. Two are with her in San Miguel Limón. Her third, Byron, travelled across Mexico to Texas with her husband, David. He was deported back to Guatemala; Byron remains in a shelter in Baytown.

“This kid needs a lawyer”

The Xol and Bol home in San Miguel Limón, in the Guatemalan state of Alta Verapaz, where David Xol works on a plantation cutting African palm from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week.
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David Xol shows a picture of his son Byron that he keeps on his cellphone. Byron is in a shelter in Baytown.

“Where is my son?”

Florinda Bol holds a picture of her husband, David, and her son Byron. Byron is in a shelter in Baytown, a thousand miles away, where he’s been for months.

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