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10 Milestones in the Immigration of Latin Americans

How the US Hispanic population grew so large

New U.S. citizens prepare to take the oath of allegiance in a naturalization ceremony for 4,000 people in Los Angeles. — Joseph Sohm/Visions of America/Corbis

1986

Congress passes the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and President Ronald Reagan signs it into law. The law is designed to control the flow of immigrants into the United States, offers a mechanism for the legalization of millions of illegal immigrants, and grants amnesty to about 3 million immigrants who entered the United States before 1982 and have lived here since then.

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