The U.S. tells citizens not to travel to five Mexican states
Tamaulipas, Mexico
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Constable deputy wounded in shootout in Atascocita
ߦ   David Buckel, prominent gay rights lawyer, burns himself to death in New York to protest global warming
ߦ   Deputy Constable Wounded In Shooting
ߦ   Deputy cries as he describes San Antonio children tied up like dogs
ߦ   Joining Forces to Fight Child Abuse
ߦ   MS-13 is a street gang, not a drug cartel. Why it matters in the US?
ߦ   Northeast Texas man on death row for strangling girlfriend turned down by Supreme Court
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Acitivty/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Registration underway for Kids’ College at Galveston College
ߦ   Texas driver tries to pass off a cardboard license plate, but constable calls it out online
ߦ   Bacliff-Seabrook Chase Ends In Crash
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Weekend Arrests Summary
ߦ   Clara Harris, who fatally ran over her cheating husband, to be released from prison in May
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs injured fisherman near Corpus Christi
ߦ   Deputy shot in the face, chest while conducting investigation
ߦ   Gang Units Jails Four In Prostitution Sting
ߦ   Harris County DA: Gang rape conviction in cold case
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Crash at 9400 Town Park Drive
ߦ   Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 2623 Berry
ߦ   Judge deciding whether to keep NY cop killer in prison
ߦ   Justice Dept. Honors Travis County Sheriff's Volunteer Program
ߦ   Killer shot man, cut his throat, stored body in a 55-gallon drum in his backyard
ߦ   Man gives dash cam video to police to clear his name, gets arrested
ߦ   Off duty Constable Deputy takes a suspected drunk driver off the road
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Weekend Activity Summary
ߦ   Summer and fall registration opens today at Galveston College
ߦ   Thief Arrested After Evading From Constables
ߦ   UPDATE: Investigation into Fatal Shooting at 555 Seminar
ߦ   71-year old woman sexually assaulted seniors living facility
ߦ   Backpage.com founder freed on $1M bond in case over sex ads
ߦ   Doctors keep licenses despite sex abuse
ߦ   Federal Jury Convicts Man on Firearm Offenses
ߦ   Fugitive accused of being pimp for Houston gang brothels in federal custody
ߦ   How Facebook ads target you
ߦ   Investigation into Male Found Dead at 2200 Pierce Street

 
Search Archives:
Weeks after Mexico logged its deadliest year on record, the United States urged its citizens not to visit five violence-ridden Mexican states, placing them in the same danger category as war-torn Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria.

In an advisory made public Wednesday, the State Department issued “do not travel” warnings for the northeastern border state of Tamaulipas and the Pacific coast states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan and Sinaloa.

Although the U.S. has discouraged travel to all or some of those states in the past, its new evaluation is sterner, giving the states its highest-risk Category 4 warning. Countries given that classification include Libya, Yemen and other nations engulfed in conflict.

Mexico as a whole was given a Category 2 rating, with U.S. citizens implored to “exercise increased caution.”

“Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread,” the advisory said.

The advisory is the latest recognition of Mexico’s surging violence, which claimed 22,409 lives in the first 11 months of last year — more killings than in any year since the government began releasing crime data in 1997.

The bloodshed, fueled by increased U.S. demand for heroin and a power struggle within one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels, is on the rise in a majority of Mexican states.

The violence has even encroached on the long-safe tourist havens of Cancun and Los Cabos, where in December the bodies of four men were found hanging from a highway overpass. Between January and November, there were 62 homicides per 100,000 residents in Baja California Sur, where Los Cabos is located. That's about 2 ½ times the 2017 rate in Chicago, a city that has received considerable attention for violence.

The State Department warned citizens about traveling to Los Cabos and Cancun last summer, sparking fears that it could affect Mexico’s $20-billion-a-year tourism industry, which represents about 7% of the country's gross domestic product. Wednesday’s travel advisory repeated those warnings but issued the two states where they are located Category 2 designations, calling for Americans to exercise increased caution but not stay away.

That’s good news for Mexican authorities who lobbied the U.S. to keep the tourist hot spots off the Category 4 list, security expert Alejandro Hope said.

“I’m guessing they are breathing a sigh of relief,” he said.




Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet   Shared 1 times
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.