The United States immigration reform and control act of 1986 : implementation and effects

by Georges Vernez

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The purpose of this essay is to synthesize what has already been established about IRCA's implementation and effects and to discuss the likely longer-term effects on immigration, legal and illegal, and on U.S. domestic policies and institutions. It draws upon the findings from a number of evaluative studies of the implementation and effects of IRCA conducted by the Program for Research on Immigration Policy.

Originally published in: Migration Policies in Europe and the United States, 1993, pp. 83-96.

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