Unfortunately, much damage has already been done. The psychology of child development has demonstrated that separation of children from their parental figures is a serious trauma that typically has lifelong damaging consequences. These separations can negatively impact a child's cognitive, language, and social development. The child's ability to trust is shattered, and lasting anxiety and fear is instilled which affect the ability to form healthy relationships. "Reuniting" refugee families at this this point, only for them to face repeated disruptions when their cases are "heard" by customs officials, continues and increases anxiety about possible future separations, inflicting more trauma on these families. The psychological effects on children and parents can lead to antisocial or unlawful behavior for those who have come to feel that they have nothing else to lose. So, we create the conditions that provoke the behavior the POTUS is "trying to protect" us from.