San Diego county official asks White House to help Mexico control COVID-19

Border Report

San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.

SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar sent a letter last week to Vice President Mike Pence asking the White House to intervene and send help to Mexico as a way to control COVID-19.

“I am writing to ask for your assistance with a growing concern south of our border,” Gaspar wrote.

She goes on to say San Diego hospitals are “becoming increasingly worried about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in northern Mexico.”

COVID-19 more lethal in Tijuana than sister city San Diego

In the letter, Gaspar asks for seven specific measures to assist Mexico including offering money to help Mexico treat patients in Mexico, assistance in helping Mexico secure Personal Protective Equipment and instituting temperature checks at the border.

Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego posted this tweet questioning Kristin Gaspar’s letter to the White House.

But some, including Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego, saw the letter as something else. Carlos Gonzalez felt Gaspar was implying Mexican nationals are bringing the virus with them while seeking help in hospitals north of the border.

“I regret the spirit of your letter,” Gonzalez said in a tweet.

Others, like Andy Carey, executive director of US-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, also saw the letter as finger-pointing.

“It is unfortunate that Supervisor Gaspar equates the spread of the pandemic in San Diego with Mexico,” wrote Carey. “Ignorance doesn’t make for good public policy.”

Gaspar urged people “to read the letter closely,” and not read anything into her request for help.

Visit BorderReport.com for the latest exclusive stories and breaking news about issues along the United States-Mexico border.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Video

Now Trending on KRQE.com

Video Forecast

Connor's Saturday Evening Forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "Connor's Saturday Evening Forecast"
More Weather Video Forecast
Albuquerque Hourly Forecast

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss