Washington, D.C. — The House Judiciary Committee today approved by voice vote the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act (H.R. 2595).

Currently, immigration documents are delivered via Priority mail through the U.S. Postal Service.  And while delivery can be monitored through use of a tracking number, there are numerous incidents of individuals not in fact receiving the document that the U.S. Postal Service notes as delivered.

The Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to allow 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.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s Committee approval of the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “This commonsense bipartisan legislation is long overdue.  Not only are there concerns about immigration documents being intercepted by unscrupulous individuals who will fraudulently use them, but there is a significant 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 Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative Act will help reduce fraud in immigration documents and I call on the House of Representatives to pass this important legislation quickly.”

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