Civil Conversation Challenge for Teenagers | Issue One: Immigration

Every day this week, as part of our Civil Conversation Challenge, we will open a new Student Opinion forum on one of the big issues dividing Americans this campaign season.

We invite teenagers from around the country and the world to practice the skills of respectful, informed conversation across ideological and demographic divides not only by posting their own thoughts on these issues, but also by reading the responses of others and replying to them.

As we moderate, we’ll be looking for exchanges between students that…

1. Follow Times commenting standards and are civil and respectful.

2. Advance the conversation about an issue, whether by introducing a new idea or perspective, asking useful questions, making connections to other issues, finding themes or commonalities among comments, presenting new evidence, or anything else.

3. Are grounded in fact and buttressed by sources. This is not to say that everything you post must be footnoted sentence by sentence, but commenters should provide reliable sources for any controversial claims.

4. Show evidence of “listening” and trying to understand other points of view.

Learn more about the Challenge, which continues through Nov. 7, and find a lesson plan to help.

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Some background on the issue:

Though many Democrats and Republicans agree that the United States’ immigration system is “broken,” the two parties, and their candidates, hold sharply different views on why it is broken and how it should be fixed.

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Republicans are more likely to say that immigrants have a negative effect on American society, crime and the economy, while Democrats are more likely to say that immigrants coming to the United States make American society better in the long run, a Pew Research Center study found.

By MICHAEL GONCHAR for The New York Times
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