Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986

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The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is named after it's two authors: Romano Mazzoli and Alan Simpson.

The bill contained three primary promises:

1) The government would make a concerted effort to control the borders.
2) An effective employer verification program would ensure that only legal workers were hired.
3) One-time amnesty would be granted for people illegally in the United States.

Not one of these three promises were kept.[1]


  1. Real Change: The Fight for America's Future, by Newt Gingrich, page 126