Travel Alert

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by moreluck, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    This is why I never go across our southern borders.....

    Travel Alert

    Bureau of Consular Affairs

    This information is current as of today, Wed Apr 16 09:06:48 2008.
    April 14, 2008
    This Travel Alert updates information for U.S. citizens on security situations in Mexico that may affect their activities while in that country. This supersedes the Travel Alert for Mexico dated October 24, 2007, and expires on October 15, 2008.
    Violence Along The U.S.-Mexico Border

    Violent criminal activity fueled by a war between criminal organizations struggling for control of the lucrative narcotics trade continues along the U.S.-Mexico border. Attacks are aimed primarily at members of drug trafficking organizations, Mexican police forces, criminal justice officials, and journalists. However, foreign visitors and residents, including Americans, have been among the victims of homicides and kidnappings in the border region. In its effort to combat violence, the government of Mexico has deployed military troops in various parts of the country. U.S. citizens are urged to cooperate with official checkpoints when traveling on Mexican highways.
    Recent Mexican army and police force conflicts with heavily-armed narcotics cartels have escalated to levels equivalent to military small-unit combat and have included use of machine guns and fragmentation grenades. Confrontations have taken place in numerous towns and cities in northern Mexico, including Tijuana in the Mexican state of Baja California, and Chihuahua City and Ciudad Juarez in the state of Chihuahua. The situation in northern Mexico remains very fluid; the location and timing of future armed engagements there cannot be predicted.
    Armed robberies and carjackings, apparently unconnected to the narcotics-related violence, have increased in Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez. Dozens of U.S. citizens were kidnapped and/or murdered in Tijuana in 2007. Public shootouts have occurred during daylight hours near shopping areas.

    Criminals are armed with a wide array of sophisticated weapons. In some cases, assailants have worn full or partial police or military uniforms and have used vehicles that resemble police vehicles.

    U.S. citizens are urged to be especially alert to safety and security concerns when visiting the border region. While Mexican citizens overwhelmingly are the victims of these crimes, this uncertain security situation poses risks for U.S. citizens as well. Thousands of U.S. citizens cross the border safely each day, exercising common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas of border towns during daylight hours. It is strongly recommended that travelers avoid areas where prostitution and drug dealing occur.
    Criminals have followed and harassed U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles, particularly in border areas including Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Tijuana. There is no evidence, however, that U.S. citizens are targeted because of their nationality.

  2. brett636

    brett636 Well-Known Member

    I saw a news story not that long ago on this same subject. A lot of Mexican tourist towns are hurting because people are not traveling to them based on all the violence that is occuring there. Even all the spring break college students that go south of the border due to the free flowing nature of the alcohol there are opting not to do so. We have plenty of good places to travel too right here in our own country. I would love to visit some countries outside this one some day, but Mexico is not one of them.
  3. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    I remember years ago going down to Rosarito Beach, just south of Tijuana. It was a lot of fun, but you definitely had to pay attention to what was going on around you if you were walking around on the streets after dark. Sounds like it's gotten a little worse lately..
  4. traveler

    traveler Where next? Venice

    I'm heading to Russia and the Ukraine wher there aren't any current problems!