1996 ○ The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)

Day 44: Immigration History 101

● 1996
○ The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)*
■ classified that illegal entry and re-entry as a federal criminal offenses, making them a misdemeanor and felony respectively. It also made it so that people that hired undocumented workers would now be penalized, in the form of fines and even risking jail time.
○ Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act*
○ Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Welfare reform) ends monetary and medical assistance for most immigrants

*increases jailing of non-violent, non-criminal immigrants and allows deportation of immigrants for minor crimes, and results in the deportation of over 200,000 people

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https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Illegal_Immigration_Reform_and_I…

CARTOON BY: Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT, via caglecartoons.com

**Program created (in part) by Ana Rodriguez-BorderLinks’ (Tucson AZ)**

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