‘Out of the Shadows’ Explores the Complicated History of the 1986 Amnesty Law That Changed the Lives of Millions

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President Reagan gets a kiss from eight-year-old Julie Tripp of Milton, Massachusetts, during a signing ceremony for the Immigration and Nationality Act Amendment in the Oval Office 10/22. (Bettmann / Contributor via Getty Images)

“Our lives would have been impossible without Ronald Reagan,” says Patty Rodriguez in the opening episode of the podcast series, Out of the Shadows: Children of 86. Rodriguez and co-host Erick Galindo created the series to explore the complicated legacy of the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act. The act, which provided amnesty and a path to legal status to millions of undocumented residents, came about because of an unlikely ally: then-President Reagan. We’ll talk about the history of the 1986 law, the millions of lives it changed and the families it brought out of the shadows.

Guests:

Erick Galindo, journalist, writer, podcast creator, television showrunner, producer and co-host, Out of the Shadows: Children of 86 podcast

Ana Raquel Minian Andjel, associate professor of History, Stanford University; author, "Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration"

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