State Department Issues Warning About Violence On Mexican Border

The Department of State has issued a travel alert that warns of drug-related violence on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The travel advisories and alerts from the State Department are always hair-raising in a matter-of-fact Joe Friday kind of way: “Some recent Mexican army and police confrontations with drug cartels have resembled small-unit combat, with cartels employing automatic weapons and grenades.”

Oh, nice.

But it’s important to put this in context. Mexico is a very big country, and as the travel alert points out, millions of U.S. citizens visit it every year without trouble. (I go there every time I run out of good tequila, which is often.)

Just do your research to be sure you know the security situation where you’re going. And, as always when you travel, keep your wits about you. 


2 thoughts on “State Department Issues Warning About Violence On Mexican Border

  1. Anne Peters

    I agree with the fact that Mexico is such a huge country, and the violence is not everywhere. The beaches, especially Cancun and Riviera Maya are perfectly safe. People just have to take precautions like they would anywhere else. You wouldn’t cancel your trip to Florida just because there’s violence in Atlanta? The media sure takes things to the extreme.

  2. Jeanne Leblanc

    Hi Anne,
    You’re right that most of Mexico is reasonably safe. I’ve been to several places in Mexico, including Mexico City, and I haven’t had problems. I was cautious, however, and mindful of warnings about crime in some areas.
    I haven’t seen all the media reports, but the ones I have were quite responsible. It was the universities, not the media, warning students not to go to Mexico. The Associated Press, when reporting on these warnings from the University of Arizona, checked with authorities who said the usual destinations for those students were reasonably safe.
    That said, drug violence along the border in some areas has been horrendous. Thousands of people have been killed, including many journalists.


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