Undocumented Migration to the United States
IRCA and the Experience of the 1980s
The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) is the most sweeping revision of U.S. immigration policy since the national quota system was abolished in 1965. Its major objective is to reduce illegal immigration through two strategies — legalizing immigrants already in the country and reducing future flows to the country through imposing penalties on employers who hire illegal aliens. The success of the legislation will, therefore, be measured at least in part by whether the flow of illegal immigrants to the United States has been reduced. This report considers whether IRCA has succeeded in reducing illegal immigration. It presents the most up-to-date evidence available on the size of the illegal population in the United States and its changes during the 1980s.
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- Document Number: JRI-07
- Year: 1990
- Series: Joint Reports Immigration
Perceptions and Estimates of Undocumented Migration to the United States
Post-IRCA Undocumented Immigration to the United States: An Assessment Based on the June 1988 CPS
Annual Estimates of Nonimmigrant Overstays in the United States: 1985 to 1988
Post-IRCA Changes in the Volume and Composition of Undocumented Migration to the United States: An Assessment Based on Apprehensions Data
Undocumented Migration to the United States: Evidence from a Repeated Trials Model
Effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986: Preliminary Data from Mexico
Undocumented Migration from Mexico to the United States: Preliminary Findings of the Zapata Canyon Project
Impacts of the 1986 U.S. Immigration Law on Emigration from Rural Mexican Sending Communities
Undocumented Migration Since IRCA: An Overall Assessment
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