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New Hiring Hassles by Jeffrey G. Gilmore and Karen E. Harrison The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 has implications for all employers. The Act was signed by President Reagan on November 6, 1986, as a result of Congress's ongoing effort to address the problem of illegal aliens in the United States. At first glance, many people will consider the Act a legal matter that concerns only the southwestern U.S. However, the Act has nationwide implications and applies to all employers, whether or not they employ aliens. Traditionally, it was illegal only for the alien, legal or illegal, to seek or obtain unauthorized employment while in the U.S. The new act subjects the employer to penalties as well. It is now illegal