05.31.17

Perdue, Woodall Act To Strengthen Secure Mail Initiative Program

“DHS and USPS will be able to provide peace of mind and more effective service to customers.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are taking action to improve the Secure Mail Initiative program, created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS). The senators’ Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative (SECURE) Act helps ensure and verify delivery of sensitive immigration-related documents. It provides the recipient of a document with the option to have the U.S. Postal Service hold for pickup or require signature confirmation for delivery. U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (GA-07) and Jackie Speier (CA-13) took similar action in the House of Representatives.  

“When sensitive immigration documents such as green cards, travel papers, and employment authorizations wind up in the wrong hands the consequences for families can be dire,” said Senator Perdue. “These situations are easily avoidable with simple safety measures like signature confirmation or in-person pick up options. By making these options available within the Secure Mail Initiative, DHS and USPS will be able to provide peace of mind and more effective service to customers.”

“Good public policy can always be traced back to good public service, and that’s certainly true of this bill,” said Representative Woodall. “On many occasions I’ve worked with constituents in my district who have directly experienced the personal and financial damage that occurs when their requested USCIS documents do not arrive. I’m always happy to help constituents recover these vital documents on a case-by-case basis, but this joint effort addresses the underlying problem by offering applicants a mechanism that prevents them from being lost in the first place. I was proud to partner with Rep. Speier in this effort last Congress – where it was passed unanimously by the House – and I welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues in both Chambers and on each side of the aisle to move it to the President’s desk this Congress.”

Too often, important documents have been confirmed as delivered to a specific address, but not necessarily received by the addressee. The bill amends the Secure Mail Initiative to help deliver sensitive immigration documents, to ensure that the proper person receives their documents rather than it just being delivered to the right address. 

View the Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative (SECURE) Act here.

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 Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.