San Diego Law Review

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This Synopsis highlights significant legal developments that occurred in immigration law in 1986. The Supreme Court decided only one immigration case during this period, dealing with the definition of "child" in Immigration and Nationality Act section 244 suspension of deportation cases. The lower federal courts were highly active, dealing with a wide range of important immigration issues. The most significant development in 1986 was the passage by the 99th Congress of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Passage of IRCA culminates six years of congressional attempts to reach an agreement on immigration reform. Seemingly cutting both ways, IRCA provides tough employer sanctions while offering generous legalization provisions and multiple safeguards for the humane administration of new policies.