LI Candidate on Immigration and Dominican Roots

Vivian Viloria-Fisher (Photo by Christopher Walsh via The East Hampton Star)

Vivian Viloria-Fisher, a former Suffolk County legislator and educator, is one of five candidates seeking to win the Democratic primary on June 26 and run against Lee Zeldin, the Republican congressman representing New York’s 1st District. She speaks to The East Hampton Star’s Christopher Walsh about her position on immigration reform, a priority for Viloria-Fisher, herself an immigrant.

As a small child, she left the Dominican Republic with her family. Her father, she said, had spoken out against the country’s dictator, Rafael Trujillo, and was therefore in mortal danger. After the family settled in New York City, she went to Stony Brook University to earn a master’s degree, and while there she was hired by the Middle Country Central School District.

Back in January, at a Democratic congressional candidate forum, Viloria-Fisher elaborated on what she believes the country should do when it comes to immigration.

“We need to fulfill the promise that we made to young people” with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, she said that day. “The rug has been pulled out from under them by Donald Trump, and Lee Zeldin has not done anything to make their lives whole again,” she said. “We must have a comprehensive immigration policy because we can’t continue to have 12 million people, maybe more, living in the shadows.”

Viloria-Fisher, who has spent 13 years in the Legislature and more than 30 years in education, pointed out that she is “the only one who’s lived in the district for almost 50 years.”

Go to The East Hampton Star for more on her positions, and how her path to the legislature started in a Sunday school.

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