originALs: Ronald Reagan's 1986 Immigration Act

IRCA and American by Belief

The 1986 Immigration Act signed by President Reagan on display near American by Belief, 
an exhibit on Lincoln and immigration. (President Lincoln's Cottage)

President Lincoln’s Cottage and the National Archives are proud to collaborate in the first-ever public display of the Immigration Reform and Control Act signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in November 1986. The original Immigration Act, from the National Archives, will be on display at President Lincoln’s Cottage beginning on June 1, 2016 and will be on loan through December 1, 2016.

During its stay at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Reagan Act will reside next to President Lincoln’s Cottage’s special exhibit, American by Belief, a groundbreaking exhibit which presents American immigration policy during the Lincoln era as well as contemporary stories from recent immigrants to the United States.



The public may visit the Immigration Reform and Control Act at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for FREE during President Lincoln’s Cottage’s regular hours of operation: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Mon.-Sat.) and 10:30am – 4:30pm (Sun.)

CLICK HERE for directions.


Facsimiles of the 1986 Immigration Act (left) and the 1864 Immigration Act (right), courtesy of the National Archives


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