.Amnesty: an act of forgiveness for past offenses, especially to a class of persons as a whole.
The last large-scale legalization of undocumented immigrants, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), is often called "the 1986 amnesty." The law created a relatively straightforward pathway to citizenship, and 2.7 million undocumented immigrants eventually got green cards through the program.
But amnesty in the context of immigration is more than a way to describe legalization. It's become a...Full Story