Breakdown of the Immigration Reform and Control Act

Author: Maria Aguila, Law Office of Maria Aguila, P.L.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) was enacted to control unauthorized immigration to the US. Under the IRCA, employers may be sanctioned by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for knowingly hiring non-US citizens who are not authorized to work in the US.

The IRCA was created primarily to discourage employers from hiring undocumented foreign nationals (aliens). This Legal Insight outlines the pertinent provisions that affect how all employers recruit, consider, and hire not only foreign nationals, but all applicants for employment, including US citizens.