Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) today issued the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s review on the steps taken by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to address the problems raised in a 2016 report, “Better Safeguards Are Needed in USCIS Green Card Issuance.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “I applaud USCIS Director Cissna for taking action to strengthen the security of the green card issuance process and to safeguard the integrity of our immigration system. An Inspector General report in 2016 exposed problems with the security, accuracy, processing, and delivery of green cards, making our immigration system vulnerable to both fraud and security threats. The ability to live and work in the United States is a privilege and honor, and we must ensure that our immigration benefits system is working as efficiently and securely as possible to protect both immigrants and our nation.

“In addition to Director Cissna’s leadership on these matters, the House Judiciary Committee has also approved legislation to strengthen the security of the delivery of green cards to recipients, the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act. This bill helps prevent immigration documents from being intercepted by unscrupulous individuals who will fraudulently use them, and also reduces the cost and time burden placed on an individual who must reapply for documents in the event that their documents are lost in the mail. The House should take up and pass this bipartisan bill so that we provide USCIS additional tools to safeguard our immigration system.”

Additional Background: In December 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved by voice vote the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act (H.R. 2595). This bipartisan bill addresses one of the recommendations included in the IG report calling on USCIS to provide an alternative secure way to deliver green cards to recipients. To reduce fraud, the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act allows immigration benefits recipients to elect to pay a fee and have their immigration documents sent to them via the U.S. Postal Service Hold for Pickup or Signature Confirmation service.

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