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Why didn't Cob's children leave the U.S. to unite with him in exile?
Given that Cobb was a murder suspect, Mal's family and other legal entities would intervene to stop that. This assumes that Cobb had been stripped of custody of his kids.
Why didn't Cobb take his kids with him originally? For one, he was under a lot of stress and not thinking clearly; he was scared, he had no time to think (and no time to pack, for them), and he ran. There's the possibility he would have had more trouble getting out of the country with them. Also, good parents always consider the stability and safety of their children; being "on the run" with a fugitive parent is no way for a child to live his or her life, and Cobb must have considered how their lives would remain far more stable with their grandparents.