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Families Divided

Gallery: This Guatemalan family hasn't seen their 8-year-old in months

A collection of photos by Carlos Sebastián for Nómada and Michael Stravato for the Tribune shows David Xol and Florinda Bol in Guatemala and the Texas facility where their son has been held since late May.

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

Families Divided

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Last May, David Xol, a farmworker from the town of San Miguel Limón in the highlands of Guatemala, made his way with his 7-year-old son Byron across Mexico to the Texas border during the height of the Trump Administration's zero-tolerance policy toward undocumented immigrants. They were apprehended by Border Patrol officers and later that month, David Xol was deported back to Guatemala. His son was sent to a shelter in Baytown, where he's been ever since.

Byron turned 8 in June. Read the full story here.

Florinda Bol holds a picture of her husband, David, and her son Byron. Byron is in a shelter in Baytown, a thousand miles aw…
David Xol, his wife Florinda Bol and two of their sons at their home in San Miguel Limón. Xol made his way across Mexico wit…
The Xol and Bol home in San Miguel Limón, in the Guatemalan state of Alta Verapaz, where David Xol works on a plantation cut…
Byron’s mother, Florinda Bol, cooks at her home in San Miguel Limón, where she lives with her husband David and two of her t…
Byron Xol’s school in San Miguel Limón. Byron is currently in a shelter in Baytown, where he turned 8 on June 24.
Byron Xol’s school in San Miguel Limón. Byron is currently in a shelter in Baytown, where he turned 8 on June 24.
Carlos Pop, Byron’s first-grade teacher in San Miguel Limón, shows his class roster. "In my class, I have 19 students,” said…
Carlos Pop, Byron’s first-grade teacher in San Miguel Limón, shows his class roster. "In my class, I have 19 students,” said…
301 Ilfrey St., Baytown, Texas, a BCFS facility for immigrant minors, seen Sunday Aug 12, 2018.
The Xol and Bol family talks to Byron on the phone. Byron, now 8, is in a shelter in Baytown, a thousand miles away from San…
The Xol and Bol family talks to Byron on the phone. Byron, now 8, is in a shelter in Baytown, a thousand miles away from San…
David Xol, an indigenous farmworker from Guatemala, made his way across Mexico with his his 7-year-old son, Byron. Xol was d…
The Xol and Bol home in San Miguel Limón, in the Guatemalan state of Alta Verapaz, where David Xol works on a plantation cut…

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