The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 is legislation which was enacted under former President Bill Clinton. It outlines different aspects of immigration as well as the responsibilities of immigrants and law enforcement officials.There are several sections of the Act, including:
- Title I: calls for greater border enforcement, attempts to regulate alien entry into the United States, and establishes methods of monitoring and verifying legal immigrants.
- Title II: provides for better enforcement of the illegal transportation of undocumented aliens into the country, increasing penalties for the breaking of that law. This section speaks specifically to citizens participation in raising the numbers of illegal aliens in the country.
- Title III: outlines the accepted practices for arrest, imprisonment and deportation of aliens. There are several revisions included in this title.
- Title IV: pertains to the employment of aliens.
- Title V: includes rules and regulations for the government’s assistance of aliens. Regulates government aid for aliens.
- Title VI: includes technical corrections to the Act. There are modifications, including information and provisions regarding waiver programs and border patrol museums.
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 is a lengthy document that is quite complex.
Any person in Washington state who needs assistance with immigration or citizenship should speak with an experienced immigration attorney. An attorney can assist an alien or immigrant in understanding the Act and how it pertains to them, as well as file the appropriate applications for residency or citizenship.