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 after its two authors, Rep. Romano Mazzoli (D-KY) and Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), 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