Immigration Policies

Legacy from the 1980s and Issues for the 1990s

by Elizabeth S. Rolph


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This report, the second yearbook published by the RAND and Urban Institute Program for Research on Immigration Policy, focuses on the policy instruments that have shaped and will shape the size and composition of immigration flows. It outlines the context for the unprecedented amount of immigration legislation enacted during the 1980s; documents the material provisions of three major immigration statutes (the Refugee Act of 1980, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration Act of 1990); describes the immediate effects of the statutes on the characteristics of immigrant flows; and examines the implications of these consequences for the current immigration policymaking agenda.

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