Two page flyer printed in five languages from City of New York advertising an Immigration Hotline telephone number for those seeking permanent legal status, ca. 1986. Since the passage of the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) in 1986, immigrants applying for legal status in the United States were required to make a second application, or their status would once again become illegal.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 and the Immigration Act of 1990 had a far-reaching impact on Latino and other Caribbean immigrants in New York State. The main goal of IRCA was to control and deter illegal immigration to the United States. The law included sanctions for employers who knowingly hired undocumented workers, increased enforcement at US borders, and allowed legalization of some immigrants who had resided in the US continuously since 1982.
January 1 1986
New York State Archives. New York State Commissioner of Social Services. Cesar Perales, Subject and Correspondence Files, 1980-1992. Box 4, Folder 9.
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