The Refugee Act of 1980 was enforced redefining the word refugee. This is in part because of the Cuban exile. Many Cubans were fleeing their country because of political persecution. The last group of Cuban immigrants left because of economic reasons. The target total of refugees was reduced to 50,000 and worldwide immigration was targeted at 270,000 per year. In 1986 the Immigration Reform and Control Act was established setting the first penalties on employees that employ illegal immigrants.. This law also gave amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants who were already living in the U.S. Over half of the immigrants from this decade were Asian the other half were Hispanic.