‘Our lost son’: Migrant boy still separated from parents

Immigration

Byron Xol, an immigrant from Guatemala, poses for a photograph Monday, June 24, 2019, in Buda, Texas. A federal judge could soon decide whether to let his father return to the U.S. If he rejects the motion, Byron may be sent back to Guatemala. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

BUDA, Texas (AP) – A judge will rule on whether a 9-year-old Guatemalan boy who was separated from his father at the border can stay in this country, and whether his father will be allowed to return to the United States.

After spending nearly a year in federal facilities, Byron Xol (Shol) has been living with a Texas family in recent months. His father, David, was deported to Guatemala.

He says he and his son left that country because they had been threatened by gangsters. He is an evangelical Christian, and says he refused to join the gang because his faith forbids violence.

David is one of 21 parents included in an American Civil Liberties Union motion that they’d be allowed to re-enter the country and seek asylum.

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