Immigrants play a vital role in securing our Social Security system’s future

Donald Trump and his administration are holding millions of young Americans hostage. In return for ending the deportation of Dreamers who were brought to this country as children and have lived here most of their lives, Trump is demanding a 50 percent reduction in all future immigration.

This is just the latest attack in Trump’s ongoing war on immigrants. His actions and rhetoric are fundamentally un-American. This country has always been a nation of immigrants, and for good reason. Immigrants contribute to our society as members of the military, firefighters, doctors, nurses, teachers, business entrepreneurs, inventors and more.

But far from recognizing these contributions, Trump has continually asserted that immigrants are criminals, despite the fact that their crime rates are lower than native-born Americans. He has directed his administration to deport people on the flimsiest of excuses, often separating families in the process.

His policies are morally reprehensible. That should be enough. But for those primarily focused on their pocketbooks, it is imperative to recognize that Trump’s proposals are extremely damaging to our economy and our Social Security system, in particular.

If Trump pushes through his plan to slash immigration, it will cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars in lost GDP. It will also hit Social Security’s financing, making it much harder to expand, and not cut, our earned benefits.

Immigration strengthens Social Security’s financing. On average, immigrants are younger than other Americans, so they will work and contribute to Social Security for more decades than the nation’s American-born, aging population.

If Trump’s decision to cancel DACA is not reversed, it will cost Social Security an estimated $31.8 billion over the next decade. Moreover, if Trump and hardliners in Congress are successful in slashing immigration in half, Social Security will lose $2.4 trillion over the next 75 years. In contrast, if immigration were doubled, Social Security would gain around $5 trillion over the next 75 years.

– The Hill

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