For this American, 1986 immigration amnesty was no policy failure

Art Rivadeneyra, shown in this personal photo, was brought to the United States illegally as a child. He became a citizen under a 1986 law signed by President Ronald Reagan. (Courtesy Art Rivadeneyra)


For this American, 1986 immigration amnesty was no policy failure

Eight-year-old Art Rivadeneyra was so excited about going to Disneyland that he never asked why his parents were giving away all the furniture in their Mexico City home.But this trip was no regular vacation. When the family's tourist visa expired, his parents planned to stay illegally in the United States."Later my parents told us the reason they didn't tell us we were staying was because if an immigration officer asked us, we might say something," Rivadeneyra said.Throughout much of his …

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