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Thu Jun 21, 2018, 09:30 AM

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Families will no longer be separated at the border. But where are my clients’ kids?
A Texas public defender says he can’t get answers for the parents who have already lost their children.

by Erik Hanshew June 20 at 3:55 PM
 Erik Hanshew is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in El Paso, Texas.

I sat across from my new client, a petite woman from Central America in her late 20s or early 30s, behind the plexiglass at the El Paso County Detention Facility. She had fled her country with her preteen son. Like many of the clients I’ve represented in the past four weeks, she had been charged with illegal reentry. She had no interest in discussing the charges, though. All she wanted to ask about was her son, who had been taken from her when she crossed the border.

“Where is my child?” She demanded. “Why did this happen? Who took him? When will they tell me anything?” She made no effort to be courteous as she fired one question after another at me.

To all of her questions, I had to answer: I don’t know.

She stared me in the eye, indignant. “Why don’t you know?” she asked. “You’re my lawyer.”

More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/families-will-no-longer-be-separated-at-the-border-but-where-are-my-clients-kids/2018/06/20/9d9e59a0-74b6-11e8-805c-4b67019fcfe4_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.979a461a490a

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