The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 did not work as intended. Candidly, this law did not have provisions for American employers to get legally the foreign workers they needed. Many aliens who were able to find jobs here could not do it legally either. Realizing that the existing immigration law is flawed, law enforcement agencies did not enforce it. Now, when this faulty law has resulted in 12 million illegal residents in the country, the legislators are turning around and telling them “It is your fault; you have to pay a hefty fine to legalize your status.” Illegal immigrants did not vote in the faulty law, Congress did. It is time for Congress to take responsibility for its actions and recognize that the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 was a bad law that needs to be revoked. No amnesty is necessary. Congress needs to apologize to all Americans and foreigners that were inconvenienced by the bad law.