…al system less punitive — this is the business of The Economist’s Monday morning editorial meeting. A longstanding intellectual tradition at the paper, the meeting is one of the first and most crucial steps in the production of each week’s issue. As editors clash and try to agree on the paper’s stance, it is also one of the most absorbing.
That is to say, the administration is testing the extent to which the DHS (and other executive agencies) can act and ignore orders from the other branches of government. This is as serious as it can possibly get: all of the arguments about whether order X or Y is unconstitutional mean nothing if elements of the government are executing them and the courts are being ignored.