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Voices Behind The Vote: Casting A Ballot For Immigrants And Kids

May Ortega | KUNM
Tammy WilkersonHill-Fisher, who teaches ESL classes, says immigration is an important voting issue for her.


Immigration is one of this election’s biggest issues.

Tammy WilkersonHill-Fisher teaches English as a second language with the Immigrant and Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque, and that's definitely one of her biggest political drivers.


"The country feels very divided right now and it saddens me because I think that if people who are anti-immigration and those kinds of things, I think that if they got to meet some of the people that we work with, that they would feel differently," she said.


She said she keeps an eye out for politicians who are "pro-division" and use their positions to help themselves instead of others.


"I think we need more parties," WilkersonHill-Fisher said. "I think we need to have a bigger variety of ideas and thoughts and I think that if we had that, I think that's another way to make America greater."


When there are more voices to the table, she said, there are more views of the world in the political process. And she thinks voting can help people in an abstract way.


"There's an organization in the International District that goes around and picks up needles," she said. "By voting those people into power, they take that money and they use the money to help educate those who are in need or to help support education."


She said those kinds of people are the ones who will get her votes come Election Day.






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May joined KUNM's Public Health New Mexico team in early 2018. That same year, she established the New Mexico chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and received a fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists. She join Colorado Public Radio in late 2019.
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