Archive for Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Mexico violence prompts travel alert

April 15, 2008

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— The State Department on Monday issued a new travel alert warning of rising violence in northern Mexico, but stopped short of suggesting that Americans avoid traveling in the border region.

The alert detailed an uptick in drug-related homicides, shootouts, kidnappings and car thefts near the border, particularly in the cities of Tijuana, Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez.

About 200 people have been killed so far this year in Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million across from El Paso, Texas.

"These conditions are widely known here in Mexico from watching the news every day, but many tourists are simply not as aware of what goes on in other countries as they are in their own," U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza said in a statement.

However, the alert "does not advise Americans to avoid travel to any region or city," Garza said.

Comments

ralphralph 7 years, 3 months ago

Don't drink the water ....... or eat the lead.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

Coming soon to a street corner near you.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 3 months ago

"Mexico has one of the most stringent immigration laws on the planet."It this has thwarted your attempts to emigrate there, madmike, then we are all the losers for it.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

For a box of tacos, could we get somebody to make screed shut up?

Wendy magillicutty 7 years, 3 months ago

My friend's son was just killed in Mexico in a border town. He was 18 (in the obits this week). I am sure there are lots of places in the world that are dangerous, but don't ignore real warnings.

Bossa_Nova 7 years, 3 months ago

i live part of the year in Mexico. it's true they have extremely stringent immigration policies for illegals. if you are caught in Mexico illegally most likely you will serve three years in jail. they tend to make exceptions to Americans, Canadians and Europeans if the right amount of cash is paid, but for people from developing countries the punishment is harsh.

Bossa_Nova 7 years, 3 months ago

if you want to know how things get "smuggled" into mexico from the US just go to the border and drive across into mexico. you will notice there is nobody there to stop you from coming in. you can drive on the main highways for 21 kilometers into mexico and then you have the option to stop at the immigration/customs depot. if you don't take the main highways into mexico you probably won't even know there is such a thing as immigration and customs in mexico. if you don't stop at the depot and later on your luck goes bad, you may have to pay a local official to look the other way as you sneek whatever you want to sneek into the country. mexico's border is a friggin joke!

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