Trump’s retreat was partial and incomplete. To begin with, the fate of thousands of children separated from their parents is no better now than it was two days ago. In some ways it is worse. These children are being shipped to cities around the country where they will be held involuntarily in holding centers. And there is no plan to reunite them with their families. Nor transparency. Nor is access to these makeshift shelters to outside advocates of the children and the media.

The Zero Tolerance policy also remains in place. And there is much else in the vaguely executive order that gives Trump and gang room to pursue their discredited and immoral policy by other means.