1986 Immigration and Amnesty Act Should have curbed future problems, but didn't! Let me remind all of you what the Simpson-Mazzoli Act was supposed to do regarding the strengthening of our border laws! From Wikipedia, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 Colloquial acronym(s) IRCA Nickname(s): Simpson–Mazzoli Act Enacted by the 99th United States Congress Effective: Signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986 What did the law REQUIRE, and why was it not enforced? 1) Required employers to attest to their employees' immigration status; 2) Made it illegal to knowingly hire or recruit illegal immigrants; 3) Legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants, and; 4) Legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language. 5) About three million illegal immigrants were granted legal status through this act. If the Federal government had simply enforced 1,2 and 3, I do not believe we'd be where we are today! As a long-time employee of the State of California Department of Social Service/Community Care Licensing, I can tell you that as a mid-level manager, in or around 1994, my superiors gave mid-level managers of licensing units the mandate to stop requiring green cards, proof of vaccinations, and the legality of an immigrant's status in the State of California, in order to allow illegal immigrants to be licensed as children day care home providers. This was a mandate that went strictly against both State and federal laws, but it was done, and we had nothing we could do, if we desired to remain employed! The flood of new immigrants into America without proper and legal permission didn't just start a few years back; it had its birth in California at least, in the mid 1990s. This is so sad, and it demonstrated to me what I thought would eventually happen, once the gates were opened; America found a loophole to allow more to come here without INS protocol being adhered to! Maybe there are some of you who have similar stories of how the feds lack of enforcing this law, resulted in the present problems!