Tijuana residents protest over Central American migrants caravan.

President Donald Trump has insisted that the border wall is needed to prevent lazy immigrants from draining financial resources like unemployment insurance. However, this is only likely to happen with relatively few. The great majority of the immigrants will get jobs to support their families (“Trump says he’s not thrilled with GOP-backed border deal,” Feb. 12).

In total, they will contribute billions of dollars to the economy in the form of buying necessaries and paying taxes. I have not heard this mentioned either by Democrats or Republicans.

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Frederick E. Knowles III, Chestertown

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