Laws Essay

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Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 Pub. L. 104-208 On the last day of September, 1996, President Clinton signed into law legislation which drastically changed the immigration laws of the U.S. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, states that immigrants unlawfully present in the United States for 180 days but less than 365 days must remain outside the United States for three years unless they obtain a pardon. If they are in the United States for 365 days or more, they must stay outside the United States for ten years unless they obtain a waiver. If they return to the United States without the pardon, they may not apply for a waiver for a period of ten years. There are several reasons for the government’s action. Prior to 1996, aliens found deportable could apply for relief, under which immigration judges took into account a variety of favorable elements in determining whether to grant a waiver of deportation. What explains what congress did to implement assistance to illegal aliens, which includes but is not limited to state and federally funded programs? There were a number of reasons for the government’s action. To begin with, Clinton’s view on immigration was relatively similar to public opinion, something had to be done. This law can be closely related to the Arizona SB 1070. Immigrants, with no surprise, greatly opposed of this act, but cherished the assistance that had been given. Influential interest Groups such as, the American Civil Liberties Union, apposed much of the law but supported the assistance to illegal aliens. Republicans and Democratic had mixed views, both opposing sections of the law. Ted E. Kennedy played an important role in the immigration act, he stated a strong opinion, which went as such, “Legal immigrants play by the rules and come in under the law. They work, raise

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