Americans have an expectation that the Postal service will abide by its well-known, although unofficial motto – a commitment to deliver.

John M. McHugh

This past month, on July 26, 1775 was the anniversary of the U.S. postal system.

Established by the Second Continental Congress, Benjamin Franklin was the first postmaster general. Today the United States has over 40,000 post offices and the system delivers over 212 billion pieces of mail each year to over 144 million homes and businesses in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, The American Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

I want to give a shout out to the U.S. Postal Service. Since I have been practicing immigration law they have been an integral part of my business. I depend on them to get my clients’ visa applications to the right offices and in a timely manner.

When I first started my immigration practice, the lines of customers were long. It was the beginning of the popularity of Ebay and countless persons with garbage bags full of packages would show up. As I started out for the post office I would say a little prayer that I wouldn’t get in line behind an Ebayer or horrors of horrors, more than one!

Eventually the postal system addressed the problem and today I seldom see such a vendor in line. Now when I or my assistant goes to the post office, it is normally a quick process and leave with the confidence that my correspondence with USCIS or the State Department will be delivered correctly and punctually.

Thank you U.S. Postal Service and happy anniversary!