In 1980, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) authored and saw enacted a major Refugee Act that undermined the McCarran-Walter approach by establishing an additional quota for refugees, with the term "refugee" broadly defined based on a 1967 United Nations protocol. The McCollum-led fight against amnesty delayed die bill's passage, but a later version of the bill won final congressional approval in 1986 and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. The flood of illegal immigrants further strained our social-welfare system as well as provided employers with a large pool of cheap labor that hurt entry-level American workers.
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