Often when I ask my kids to clean the toy room, one of them will sit in the couch, arms crossed, and claim that she has already cleaned out all "her" toys, and the remaining ones are all her brother's. In the annoying role of a parent, I try to point a few things:
When it comes to immigration, the one assertion on which both sides are in universal agreement is that our current system isn't working  -- "broken" is the most-used adjective, no matter the perspective. The toy room is a mess. The disagreements, however, arise when we discuss how to clean it up.
However we clean it up, we must recognize some of those same annoying details above:
We are deeply interconnected and must always remember -- as the discussions get heated -- that we are talking about human beings.
Rev. David Vásquez is a campus pastor at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He recently completed a yearlong sabbatical exploring how biblical stories of migration can shed light on the current debate over immigration policy and reform.This blog was originally posted at Migrating Faith , a project with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.