1980-1989 (Hispanic/Latino)
Cuban Flight

Around 125,000 Cubans flee to the US, when Castro temporarily lifted restrictions.

Immigration Reform and Control Act Approved

Congress approves the Immigration Reform and Control Act legalizing some undocumented workers from Central and South America, and other countries, setting guidelines and sanctions for employers hiring undocumented aliens.

Lauro Cavazos

President Ronald Reagan appoints Lauro Cavazos as Secretary of Education, the first Latino appointed to a U.S. presidential cabinet.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, of Florida, becomes the first Latina to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.