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.”
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.