I'm on the way to Arizona for a few days of learning about the challenges of immigration reform, and the harsh reality of the Mexican/US border.
Before I leave on any trip, I try to tell my kids where I am going, and what I am trying to do.
Today, that conversation left me wondering whether the wisdom of a six-year-old might help our policy makers reset the polemic and extreme rhetoric around immigration.
Me: Sweetie, just wanted to let you know that I am going to be gone for a few days.
Daughter: Where are you going daddy?
Me: I'm going to Arizona, and am going to be in the place where people walk to our country from Mexico.
Daughter: Why are you going there?
Me: To try to find ways to help the people who live there, and the people who walk through the desert to get to our country.
Daughter: Why do they walk through the desert?
Me: There aren't many jobs in Mexico, and a lot of people are really poor. They don't have houses like us, or good schools, or good food to eat. It's also not safe.
Daughter: Do their whole families come?
Me: Sometimes, but usually just the mommies or daddies.
Daughter: So that's a good thing right?
Me: Well, some people think it's good, but other people think its bad because they don't have passports so it is against the law.
Daughter: Passports like papers?
Daughter: But they are trying to help their families?
Me: Yes, most of them
Daughter: I don't understand why anyone would think that wasn't a good thing.