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When Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986,

The 1965 amendments adopted an annual ceiling on Eastern Hemisphere immigration of 170,000 and a 20,000 per country limit. Within these restrictions, immigrant visas were distributed according to a seven-category preference system placing priority on family reunification, attracting needed skills, and refugees. The 1965 law also provided that effective July 1, 1968, Western Hemisphere immigration would be limited by an annual ceiling of 120,000 without per-country limits or a preference system.

Rep. Romano Mazzoli, D-Ken., and Sen. Alan Simpson, R-Wyo., sponsored the bill in Congress and steered its passage. “Future generations of Americans will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people: American citizenship,” Reagan said upon signing the bill into law.On the contrary, most conservative analysts, among them members of say that the 1986 law is an example of how amnesty provisions for

The Refugee Act repealed the limitations which had previously favored refugees fleeing communism or from countries in the Middle East and redefined refugee to conform with the definition used in the United Nations Protocol and Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The term refugee is now defined by the Immigration and Nationality Act as The 1980 amendments made provision for a regular flow and the emergency admission of refugees, following legislatively prescribed consultation with the Congress. I

Over the past few months, we have seen a what will happen with immigration reform in 2014, after the Senate passed a last year, but the House failed to act. While these analyses differ in their predictions, most agree that the path from bill to law becomes more difficult in an election year.Democrats held onto their House majority in the 1986 election, while Republicans after losing eight seats.

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