The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 contains three parts: employer sanctions, border security, and legalization of undocumented immigrants. Signed into law in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, the IRCA is an act of Congress which reformed United States laws on immigration. The goal was to improve, change, and reform the standing of unauthorized immigrants established by the Immigration and Nationality Act by providing unauthorized aliens the possibility of applying for and gaining legal status if they meet specific requirements. Currently, a new immigrant reform bill grants visas for workers who are less skilled, a pathway to citizenship, and tighter border enforcement.
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