Draining the Trust Funds: Ending DACA and the Consequences to Social Security and Medicare

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October 2017 report by the ILRC and Professor Tom K. Wong estimating the cost that ending DACA would have to the Social Security and Medicare trust funds over ten years. The report that concludes that the end of DACA will lead to $39.3 billion in losses to Social Security and Medicare contributions over ten years, half of which represents lost employee contributions and half employer contributions. Of these losses, $31.8 billion represents the decrease in Social Security contributions and $7.4 billion in Medicare contributions. This report represents an update of a previous report released by the ILRC in December of 2016.