30 Years After the Immigration Reform and Control Act

“30 Years After the Immigration Reform and Control Act” Panel,
2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

Panelists discuss the legacy of IRCA, their thoughts on the immigration research that political scientists should conduct, and their views on the political and scholarly challenges going forward.

Deborah Schildkraut, Tufts University

Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California Riverside
Daniel Tichenor, University of Oregon
Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Research Center
Ricardo Ramirez, University of Notre Dame
Els de Graauw, Baruch College

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  1. http://www.factcheck.org/2014/11/obamas-actions-same-as-past-presidents/
    Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

    “The actions taken by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — examples often cited by White House officials — were attempts to address ambiguities in an immigration law that was passed by Congress. Obama’s executive actions are different. They are a response to congressional failure to pass a law, and they affect a far greater number of immigrants currently living in the country illegally.”

    President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration has no precedent

    “In fact, it is increasingly clear that the sweeping magnitude of Mr. Obama’s order is unprecedented.”

    Reagan and Bush Offer No Precedent for Obama’s Amnesty Order Not only were past executive actions smaller, they didn’t work.

    “This has become a favorite Democratic and center-left rebuttal to Republicans angry at reports that President Obama may soon grant residency and working papers to as many as 5 million illegal aliens. If Obama acts, he’d rely on precedents set by Republican predecessors. Surely that should disbar today’s Republicans from complaining?

    Surely not, and for four reasons.”

    Obama Lies About Past Presidents’ Executive Action On Immigration
    Reagan, Bush did not write their own laws, despite incumbent president’s claims

    “Reagan and Bush acted in conjunction with Congress and in furtherance of a congressional purpose.” Frum writes. “In 1986, Congress passed a full-blown amnesty, the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, conferring residency rights on some 3 million people.”

    “In other words, Ronald Reagan signed a statute that had already been debated and passed by Congress, where as Obama is set to write and enact a law by himself.”

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