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, who is in a shelter in Baytown, a thousand miles from their Guatemalan village.
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.
David Xol, his wife Florinda Bol and their two other sons at their home in San Miguel Limón.
This is the home of the Xol Bol family in San Miguel Limón.
Florinda prepares a meal as her young son looks on.
Byron's school in San Miguel Limón.
Byron's classroom.
Carlos Pop, Byron’s first-grade teacher in San Miguel Limón, shows his class roster. "In my class, I have 19 students,” said Pop. “Today only 18 were present. There is one that is in the U.S., they say.”
Byron's name on the attendance sheet.
Byron is in this BCFS shelter in Baytown, near Houston.
The family talks to Byron on the phone. They receive weekly calls from their son.
Byron's brother talks to him on the phone.
"My son has started to hate me," Xol said. "He said, 'Why did you leave me? Am I not your son?' I told him not to say that."
The Xol Bol home at night.

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