Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986
Immigration and Reform Control Act of 1986 is a blanket amnesty that benefited 2.7 million undocumented immigrants. It is FANM’s belief that no human being is illegal.
Executive Director Marleine Bastien participated in the campaign for the passage of IRCA as a young paralegal and advocate at the Haitian Refugee Center. She participated in several trainings to assist in IRCA’s implementation, translated rules and regulations in Creole for the Haitian Refugee Center and Haitian radios to spread the words and encourage those eligible to complete their applications. She volunteered her time after hour and weekends to give interviews on Creole radios, made presentations in churches in Miami, Fort-Lauderdale, Lake Worth and Belle Glade.