Ed Meese called the 1986 amnesty a big mistake. Even the Gipper fumbled the ball once or twice.
The first was the 3 for 1, spending cuts for tax increases deal, with the later implemented immediately and the 3 fold cuts promised never delivered.
The second was the 1986 Immigration Reform & Control Act (IRCA), with the reform/legalization/amnesty implemented immediately and the control promised in the bill never implemented.
Funny how the open border Republicans are trying to resell the immigration reform-enforcement "deal"/sham again - and not the 3 for 1 spending-tax "deal"/sham. After all Reagan was fooled by both. I guess for some, profit comes before sovereignty.