When families are torn apart there are penalties that are both instant and long enduring. Young children in the first years of awareness are building their minds day by day, and every event will impact them permanently. As a child I personally was separated from my mother for a period of about two weeks. When re-united I literally did not recognize her. I can only begin to imagine the damage done to immigrant children who are completely separated from their families for periods often longer than thirty days. These damaged children will not quickly heal, nor will they simply go away. Even those most concerned with border security must understand that we can find a better way to do this, that we can safeguard our nation without being at war with children.