12.22.17

Senator David Perdue Leads Effort To Strengthen Secure Mail Initiative Program

Senate Unanimously Agrees to SECURE Mail Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) took 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 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. This week, the Senate unanimously agreed to this important safeguard.

“When sensitive immigration documents such as green cards, travel papers, and employment authorizations wind up in the wrong hands the consequences 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 more effective service. I am glad the Senate has seen the value in taking this necessary precaution.”

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.