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Major Visa Categories Changed by the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744)

In 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA, or Simpson-Mazzoli) granted legal status to about three million unauthorized immigrants. As Congress attempts to once again address our broken immigration system, stakeholders on all sides of the immigration reform debate have sought to compare current proposals to the IRCA.

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How Does the Senate Immigration Proposal Compare to the 1986 Reform?

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744) would significantly change the U.S. immigration system by creating, modify, or eliminate a variety of immigrant and non-immigrant visa categories.

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