I am continually amazed at the anti-Trump rhetoric written by the leftist community in this area. Donald Trump is our president, and whether you agree with him or not, he is our leader.

Many of our citizens did not agree with Barak Obama, but he was elected and served for eight years and managed to damage our country almost beyond fixing. We did not like Obama and his policies, and we let our opinions be known in the last presidential election.

Democrats say that the wall it is not needed, but many prominent Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, Schumer and Obama himself advocated against illegal immigration and for a wall on our southern border. Illegal immigration is only increasing and the costs of supporting the hoards of illegal immigrants have increased along with it.

Democrats are only opposing the wall now because Trump is in favor of it. It is sad that the Democrats can’t put their country’s needs before their personal hatred for the president. Republicans favor immigration, but the difference is they want immigrants to come in legally. Most Americans welcome diversity and appreciate the unique talents and customs of legal immigrants coming to our country seeking the American Dream.

The wall is effective, it is a one-time cost and it requires less manpower. Once in place, it maintains itself. Other schemes require constant expenditures for equipment and manpower. Manpower is costly and it never ends; costs that include wages, medical insurance and eventually retirement. Five billion dollars for a wall seems a mere pittance in comparison to the taxes poured into the housing, feeding and medical care for the many thousands that come here illegally.

So Concerned Citizens: Contact your congressmen and senators and voice your concerns. We need to secure our southern border with a strong wall. It will be effective by slowing down, and hopefully, stopping the flow of migrants streaming over our border.

Larry Isenhour, Niceville