Albuquerque Field Office Director Jesse Méndez’s passion for demystifying U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was clear during the U.S. citizenship information session he recently held on Northern’s campus by invitation of Reid Wessels, Adult Education Director.
“So many people see a suit and immigration services and think we’re here to deport or report people,” said Méndez. “Enforcement is a different branch (ICE). At USCIS we’re focused on processing applications and helping people find accurate information about documentation processes.”
During the February 4 information session Méndez offered basic information about the citizenship and gave attendees pointers on how to successfully complete the process. The session was conducted in Spanish with presentation slides in English. At the end of the session attendees were able to ask additional questions and receive answers from Méndez.
“I would like to be able to offer information sessions like this to the community and Northern’s campus on a regular basis,” said Wessels. “Maybe eventually we can offer a citizenship class again if there is enough demand for it.”
Adult Education at Northern assists adult learners in enhancing their academic skills, completing their secondary education, and transitioning into higher education and substantive employment. This includes providing support for passing the High School Equivalency Exam and offering classes such as ESL, writing, and basic computer skills.