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Which immigration laws have been passed by the House of Congress?

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Immigration laws passed by the House include the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, and the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act, reports the Center for American Progress. The Immigration Act of 1990 is also a notable law passed by the House.

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The Immigration Reform and Control Act is landmark legislation passed by the House of Representatives. The law, also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, is a large, complex act that reviewed and reassessed the nation's approach toward illegal immigration by permitting such immigrants to acquire legal status based on qualification criteria established by the act, according to the University of Washington-Bothell Library.

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 is believed to be one of the major overhauls of the U.S. immigration system that raised the annual number of visas given to immigrants by 385,000 and created a diversity visa lottery program. The program is a quota-based system that seeks to increase the diversity of immigrants from underrepresented people groups from across six world regions including South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, according to the University of Washington-Bothell Library.

The House of Representatives has enacted several bills that seek to transform the nation's approach to immigration. However, not all bills passed by the House have become law. For example, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2010 was passed by the House but not enacted into law, according to the Center for American Progress.

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