Why did you keep my original birth certificate?

THE US DEPT OF STATE REQUIRES THAT ALL ORIGINAL DOCUMENTATION AS WELL AS A COPY BE PROVIDED TO THEM WITH YOUR APPLICATION. IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU ONCE YOUR PASSPORT HAS BEEN ISSUED. PLEASE BE ADVISED THEY WILL SEND IT BACK IN A SEPARATE PACKAGE FROM YOUR PASSPORT.  THEY DO THIS SO NO ONE CAN REACH INTO YOUR MAILBOX AND HAVE EVERYTHING TO ASSUME YOU IDENTITY. 

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5. Why did you keep my original birth certificate?
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