The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Division C of Pub.L. 104–208, 110 Stat. 3009-546, enacted September 30, 1996 vastly changed the immigration laws of the United States.
Now then in our last several submissions it has been announced that with each new law that comes into existence, its predecessor has also changed the immigration laws of the United States. Our difficulty is why, or more, what is it that is at stake that compels a new Congress or Presidential Administration to willfully take on this ostensible unmanageable task?
This act 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.
Deportees may be held in jail for months, even as much as two years, before being brought before an immigration board, at which defendants need to pay for their own legal representation. In 2001, the Supreme Court curtailed the Immigration Service’s ability to hold deportees indefinitely in Zadvydas v. Davis.
The Act has been applied much more vigorously since 9/11. At least 1000 British citizens were affected by the law in 2003.
Needless to say that the entire landscape of immigration reform and upwards of naturalizing a person as a U.S. citizen has taken many, many hits since the attack on our homeland on September 11, 2001 as well it should have.
IIRIRA addressed the relationship between the federal government and local governments. Section 287(g) is a program of the act that permits the U.S. Attorney General to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement. This section does not simply deputize state and local law enforcement personnel to enforce immigration matters.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) is a United States federal law considered to be a fundamental shift in both the method and goal of federal cash assistance to the poor. The bill added a workforce development component to welfare legislation, encouraging employment among the poor. The bill was a cornerstone of the Republican Contract with America and was introduced by Rep. E. Clay Shaw, Jr. (R-FL-22) who believed welfare was partly responsible for bringing immigrants to the United States. President Bill Clinton signed PRWORA into law on August 22, 1996, fulfilling his 1992 campaign promise to “end welfare as we have come to know it.”
The political atmosphere at the time of PRWORA’s passage included a Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate (defined by their Contract with America) and a Democratic president.
Since 1986 and the first amnesty act, The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99–603, 100 Stat. 3359, enacted November 6, 1986, it has become overwhelmingly evident to us that poll after poll, survey after survey, even public opinion polls and I do not know why…but it sure seems to me that the American people simply don’t want the kind of “Immigration Reform” that every president has campaigned on will ever be done – at least according the way the Americans want it done.
This is a matter that needs to be examined, analyzed, and rectified immediately – and not the old fashioned way or the new fashioned way of “well it’s obvious that we’ve become inept, or ineffective at controlling our own borders and immigration policy, so let someone else do it…” brought on by corruption and issued through the form of executive orders by the President. That notion alone has got me going now…I don’t believe the President or Congress has the right to allow 11 to 21 million people onto our land.
In finale, or at least until we examine the Voting ID Act and its disastrous effects regarding racial profiling or any other thing that has the smell of politically correct rubbish attached to it please continue to read. Thank you.