State Department Issues Mexico Travel Advisory in the Wake of Drug Violence

By Carlton Purvis

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday issued a Travel Advisory to U.S. citizens who may be traveling or making plans to travel to Mexico. The warning included recent murder and drug trafficking statistics and warned of recent kidnappings and disappearances.

“Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere,” the warning reads. Additionally, U.S. government personnel and their families are prohibited from personal travel.

On Friday, Customs and Border Protection announced the installation of a pilot AM radio broadcast system to broadcast travel information to people traveling between the U.S. and Mexican border.

Information broadcast will include bilingual reminders of document requirements, how to use high-tech travel cards, basic border crossing rules and regulations, and will allow the ability for each port of entry to update with emergency travel information or updates.

More than 12,000 narcotics-related homicides happened in Mexico in the first nine months of 2011 alone, according to figures from the Mexican government. “While most of those killed in narcotics-related violence have been members of TCOs, innocent persons have also been killed,” the State Department says. One hundred-twenty people killed in 2011 were U.S. citizens.

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