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24.1 Historical Background.
The legalization program came into existence with the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). IRCA added two new sections to the Immigration and Nationality Act (sections 210 and 245A) dealing with legalization. Subsequent legislation (e.g., the Immigration Act of 1990, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, and the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act) have amended the benefits available under the legalization program, which has also been the subje
ct of numerous lawsuits against INS.