Deported migrant pastor pleads with US judge to be reunited with his son amid fears of gang violence

Mail Online | 6/26/2018 | Associated Press
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A migrant pastor is desperately hoping that on Friday a United States federal judge will rule in his family's favor and reunite them with his son, who he was separated from in last year after they illegally entered the country.

David Xol, 27, was forced to flee Guatemala after he and his then eight-year-old son received death threats from a local gang who demanded their allegiance.

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Because of his religious beliefs, the pastor turned down the gangsters, borrowed $6,000 and hired a 'coyote' or human trafficker like tens of thousands of Guatemalans who have abandoned the Central American nation.

Judge Dana Sabraw, who originally ordered the re-unification of families last year, will decide after the American Civil Liberties Union argued that David and 21 other parents were denied a fair chance to request asylum, which would have allowed them to live and work in the U.S. under protections for refugees fleeing political or religious repression.

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The case is scheduled to be heard Friday.

If the ACLU wins its motion, David could be in the U.S. in a matter of weeks. He could eventually petition for the admission of Florinda and their other two children.

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If it loses, Byron will most likely return to Guatemala and all its dangers which date back to May, 2018, when David took his son aboard a truck from Guatemala to the US in hopes of seeking asylum in the United States.

In the middle of the night of May 18, the coyote sent them and about 20 other migrants across the Rio Grande, the river that separates the US and Mexico.

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The Border Patrol was waiting on the other side and apprehended both father and son. David was charged with illegal entry on May 19, the day after they were detained.

Two days later, immigration agents at the processing center, a converted warehouse...
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