Since the Great Plains Literacy Council and the Southern Prairie Library System have noticed interest and questions from adult learners and the community the process of naturalization, they contacted US Citizenship and Immigration Community Relations Officer Jesus Ramirez. He works from the Regional Office in Dallas and was willing to travel to Altus and conduct two programs open to the public on the green cards, immigration, and citizenship at the Altus Public Library.
His first presentation on “Immigration 101 in English” was held on Jan. 16. Then on Jan. 17, his presentation on “Immigration 101 in Spanish” covered the same topics. He even answered questions from the audience.
Mr. Ramirez stressed the importance of referring to the official USCIS website for information and showed the audience how to navigate in the computer site on the large screen available in the library. He warned people to avoid websites requesting money to help fill out the applications.
He highly recommended that immigrants learn the English language. Most applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write, and speak. Applicants will not be failed because of their accent when speaking English. They must also know US government and history. The speaker commended the literacy program for helping immigrants with this task that takes time.
Persons interested in knowing more about this process, should call the call 580-477-2890 and ask to speak to Bi-lingual Outreach Facilitator Aleida Burchett on Mondays or come by the Altus Public Library at 421 N. Hudson to visit with her. She can explain the application and the guidelines if immigrants need help. This is a free service offered through the Great Plains Literacy Council. She will try to find volunteers to help adults with the study of the materials.