1986: Immigration Reform and Control Act

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The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 brought into play two provisions in the attempt to deter illegal immigration. This act offered a legalization package for illegal aliens already residing in the United States and deemed it illegal in the future for employers to keep illegal immigrants on their staff. This two part judgement was meant to deter illegal immigrants from coming by removing the availability of jobs, while at the same time allowing those immigrants who were already in the country illegally to naturalize.

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Immigration Reform and Control Act