How will DACA repeal impact our healthcare?

Like other American’s, I’ve been following the news on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, especially now that the Trump Administration decided to cancel it.  People disagree with the program for a number of reasons, although the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute estimates rolling DACA back would cost the government $60 million and cause a 10-year loss of $280 billion.  From a strictly economic perspective, it makes sense in my mind to keep the program.  Still, there may be compelling reasons beyond simple economics to keep or repeal the program.  I wanted to explore DACA from a public health perspective. People have some strong opinions on the best way to handle illegal immigrants and trying to tease out the public health implications also requires addressing the economic consequences too.  Those economic concerns are part of what drives people’s strong emotions, but it’s near impossible not to discuss them in relation to public health.    Continue Reading