Cover: Impact of the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the Immigration and Naturalization Service

Impact of the Immigration Reform and Control Act on the Immigration and Naturalization Service

Published 1991

by Jason Juffras

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Based on interviews in eight metropolitan areas--Chicago, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Antonio, and San Jose--this report examines the impact of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) on the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). It finds that, on balance, IRCA slightly improved the INS's ability to enforce the law and serve immigrants. However, the transformation of the INS into a highly diversified law enforcement agency has left the INS overburdened. This overburdening appears to be diminishing the impact of employer sanctions, IRCA's main enforcement reform.

This report is part of the RAND joint report immigration series. The joint report was a product of RAND from 1988 to 1993 that included documents published jointly with other organizations, which transmitted major research findings and final research.

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