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25 Years Since IRCA: Lessons from the Field

The Migration Policy Institute yesterday released a report on 25th anniversary of the signing of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which was signed by Ronald Reagan on November 6th, 1986.

The New York Immigration Coalition in particular reflects on 25 years of IRCA, having been founded in 1987 to address the impact on New York of this law, which allowed undocumented immigrants to legalize their status.

As stated in the report,

"IRCA ushered in the most far-reaching changes in immigration law since the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act. The primary goal of the sponsors and proponents of IRCA was to increase border security and establish penalties for employers who hired unauthorized immigrants. Employer sanctions represented a fundamental policy shift from a historic laissez-faire attitude toward employer responsibility in fueling illegal immigration" 

The impact of IRCA is still evident 25 years later. Check out Migration Policy Institute's report HERE to learn more about the consequences of the law and how that has affected the work of immigrant rights advocates.

President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) into law on November 6, 1986.





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