My politics of immigration class was randomly divided into Republicans and Democrats last week. Each team was assigned to write the immigration portion of its party’s 2016 platform.
Because I was assigned to the party that does not agree with my views on immigration, I was forced to think like my adversaries. It’s easier to talk with those who share your values, but I try to keep an open mind when talking with people who don’t share mine.
Our team has spent hours carving out our platform. On the last day of class, we will have to defend it to our classmates.
I think I will be a better person for having walked in the shoes of people I don’t agree with. Maybe Congress should try it.