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Migrant children, parents still separated after reunifications ask, 'What about me?'

“What do we do now about all the deported parents?” asked Michelle Brané, director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Simply deporting the kids to follow the parents is not as easy as it may sound, Brané said.

“Some of the kids will have (asylum) cases and some parents withdrew their asylum claims thinking it was the only way to get their kid back.”

“We also need to look into what is happening with the ones they (the administration) say are not ‘reunifiable’ for unknown reasons. What are those reasons and what is going to happen in those cases?” she asked. “I’d argue DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is not the right agency to decide who is a fit parent and who is not.”