Senate Passes Menendez, Perdue, Gillibrand Legislation to Ensure Delivery of Sensitive Immigration Documents

Senate Passes Menendez, Perdue, Gillibrand Legislation to Ensure Delivery of Sensitive Immigration Documents

   

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) issued the following statement after the Senate today unanimously adopted their Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative (SECURE) Act (S.1208).  The bipartisan legislation would help ensure and verify delivery of sensitive documents relating to immigration by giving the person to whom a document is sent the option of having the U.S. Postal Service hold for pickup or require signature confirmation for delivery, provided that the recipient pays for any additional cost. 

“This legislation is absolutely critical in guaranteeing that immigration documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are delivered to the correct address and received by the intended recipient in a safe and timely manner,” said Senator Menendez. “The SECURE Act not only reduces unfair disruptions in the lives of immigrants, but it greatly decreases the opportunity for human error at a time when minor immigration mix-ups can qualify a person for deportation. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives so this bipartisan, common sense legislation can be swiftly taken up and sent to the White House for the President’s signature.”

“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 many New Yorkers have gone through the long process of applying for their green cards or work permits to have had the rug pulled out from under them when their I.D. card was lost in the mail. The Strengthening the Department of Homeland Security Secure Mail Initiative (SECURE) Act will make sure that green cards and work permits are delivered to the right person and enable New York immigrants to keep their hard-earned I.D. cards safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “I will continue to urge my colleagues in the House to support this bill to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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, created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) 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.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that enacting the SECURE Act would increase net income for the United States Postal Service by rough $5 million annually.  A copy of the SECURE Act can be found here.