Immigration Reform: A Look Back at 1986 for Clues to the Future

Previous reforms offer a look at how the future might play out.

ByABC News
July 2, 2013, 4:03 PM

July 7, 2013— -- As the country waits to see whether comprehensive immigration reform will become a reality in 2013, it's worth taking a look at the impact previous reform efforts have had on the United States and the people who call this country home.


In 1986, when the last large-scale legalization program took place, the legislators working on the bill were also considering a biometric ID as part of the package. But the idea ran upon rocky shores for a few reasons. Here's why.