Kristin Gaspar at the White House
San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar (right) at the White House on Friday. Image from video

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar joined President Trump at the White House Friday to show her support for the president’s signature border wall.

Gaspar and several sheriffs from border communities in Texas highlighted violent acts committed by immigrants living in the country illegally. Gaspar said “insecurity at our border” has led to serious drug and sex trafficking crimes in San Diego.

“There’s an alarming trend in San Diego that our young teens in San Diego schools are being actively recruited by violent drug cartels,” said Gaspar, a Republican who represents District 3 in North County. “They’re being task mules for theses drug cartels, smuggling heroin, cocaine and fentanyl across the border.”

“Twenty-two hundred miles from Washington, D.C., representatives like me are held accountable by these families and these victims each and every day while a standoff continues here,” she said. “And so, I challenge our congressional members to meet with these families, to meet with these victims, to look them in the eye and tell them that this is not a crisis.”

At the roundtable, Trump backed off his previous threats to declare a national emergency to build his signature wall on the country’s southern border. But he said Congress needed to act because “we need money for a border barrier.”

The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to take steps to support asylum seekers in San Diego, including directing the chief administrative officer to find properties in which to shelter migrants. Gaspar and fellow Supervisor Dianne Jacob voted against the plan.

Last May, Gaspar and former Escondido Mayor Sam Abed appeared with Trump to oppose sanctuary city laws.