Immigration Amnesty Law



Immigration Amnesty is term for a government’s pardon of an illegal immigrant for violating policies related to immigration laws and policies. This area is currently in transition as proposed immigration amnesty laws are currently in debate among US policy makers.

Currently, the US has an approximate 12 to 20 million undocumented / illegal aliens living within its borders. Critics of plans to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants note that the result of an amnesty plan would be to reward large number of persons who have flaunted US laws, in some cases for many years, by granting them with legal status (i.e., a Green Card). Proponents see amnesty as a way to identify these individuals, create a system for integrating them into social systems (e.g., taxation, social security, etc.), and reducing crimes associated with these individuals desperately trying to remain in the country and make livings.

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Immigration Amnesty Law - US

  • Immigration Amnesty - US Immigration Support

    The information below was part of the proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill that was previously debated in the United States senate. This legislation has not been approved. The measure, the biggest rewrite of U.S. immigration law since 1986, would offer 12 to 20 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship while tightening the border with Mexico and creating a guest-worker program to help employers fill low-paying jobs.

  • Immigration Reform and Control Act Amnesty of 1986 - Wikipedia

    The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was enacted by Congress in response to the large and rapidly growing illegal alien population in the United States.

  • Late Amnesty of 2000 (IRCA)

    The Late Amnesty of 2000, allowed certain groups of illegal aliens, to renew their request for amnesty. Specifically this Amnesty Bill was for those who had been told that they were not eligible for permanent residency under the Immigration and Reform Control Act (IRCA) of 1986. Applicants had to prove that they entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and resided continuously in the United States in an unlawful status until May 4, 1988, and that they were continuously present in the United States from November 6, 1986, until May 4, 1988. The Late Amensty Bill of 2000 gave approximately 400,000 illegal aliens a green card.

  • United States Immigration Amnesty

    The proposed immigration amnesty would benefit the 12 to 20 million undocumented aliens (illegal immigrants) currently living in the United States. An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their acts of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working with false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status (Green Card) for breaking immigration laws.

  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS will secure America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding of citizenship, and ensuring the integrity of our immigration system.

Oraganizations Related to Immigration Amnesty Law

  • American Resistance - Against Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

    An amnesty for illegal aliens forgives their act of illegal immigration and implicitly forgives other related illegal acts such as driving and working using false documents. The result of an amnesty is that large numbers of foreigners who illegally gained entry into the United States are rewarded with legal status for their breaking the law. In January, 2004 President Bush Proposed an earned legalization program for illegal aliens. This is an amnesty under another name.

  • Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC)

    We are dedicated to fighting against illegal immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens and seek a peaceful solution to the crisis that involves Americans of every race, Party, and denomination working together. Americans for Legal Immigration (ALI-PAC) has formed to address the disparity between the public's desire for more control of illegal immigration and the actions of lawmakers. Varied polls indicate that over 75% of America's legal citizens want more done to control illegal immigration, yet the elected officials who are willing to address this concern constitute a minority of members in the US Congress and Senate at this time. This must change.

  • Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)

    The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest, membership organization of concerned citizens who share a common belief that our nation's immigration policies must be reformed to serve the national interest.

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