Maybe if people in our government did this more often, we’d have many fewer problems in this country.

[Alfonso] Aguilar, chief of the U.S. Office of Citizenship, met with 30 teenage immigrants yesterday at Gaithersburg High School for a 90-minute civics lesson and question-and-answer session in which the students took full advantage of their right to hold their government officials accountable.

Aguilar’s appearance in Gaithersburg is part of the government’s push to reach out to the immigrant community and encourage its members to learn English and embrace American political culture. The effort comes as record numbers are applying for citizenship.

Unfortunately, too many of our “leaders” (and the talking heads who support them) want us to believe that every major issue we face, including immigration, has a simple solution.