Skip to comments.State Dept. Issues Travel Warning for Mexico
Posted on 01/26/2005 4:07:53 PM PST by fidelio
WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department on Wednesday issued a travel warning for Americans visiting Mexico, saying violent criminal activity, including murder and kidnaping, has increased in its northern border region.
"U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk posed by the deteriorating security situation," the department said in a public announcement. It added that the great majority of victims are Mexican citizens.
The announcement attributed the increased crime to a war between criminal organizations struggling for control of the lucrative narcotics trade. It said the leaders of several major criminal organizations have been arrested, creating a power vacuum.
"This has resulted in a wave of violence aimed primarily at members of those trafficking organizations and criminal justice officials," the announcement said.
Mexico has been a hellhole since its revolution in the early 20th century.
"U.S. citizens should be aware of the risk posed by the deteriorating security situation,"
There AND here.
Geez - we just had a violent kidnapping that turned into murder here in Dallas this last week ... are we seeing the evolution of the openly violent Mexican gangs?
color me shocked.
I had neighbors that went down there. The man had a heart attack and died. You would not believe what the widow went through to get him back here and the money it cost her. Blackmail.
Mexico sucks rocks. The rest of Central America is safe and the people are friendly to Americans.
I dont think they are evolving as much as migrating north by our politicians invitation...and Americans weakness... imo
This bodes ill for the future of OUR border states.
And just out of curiosity, how many in those areas had a kind thing to say about Mexicans? ( I already suspect I know what you'll say )
You mean things in California might get worse?
I'll wait for the fed to issue travel warnings to the Mexicans traveling into the US.
Yes, and rapidly I fear.
Bribery will take you where you need to go in Mexico. Welcome to our turd wurld neighbors... er, open border trading partners.
I agree with you about those negatives being enough to not want to go. Even though I live close to the border I very rarely cross it. However, the country has gorgeous areas and could be a wonderful place to vacation (and for its citizens, live in) if their society could shape up. It is the attractive scenery and climate and cheap goods that are the attraction.
Wow, don't you think the Mexican tourism bureau is in a tizzy right now. American tourism is an absolutely huge industry for the country.
Anyway, this is a major diplomatic shot across the bow of the Mexicans to clean up their act. In diplomactic circles, this would be like a bunfight at a state dinner.
I think it's interesting that Rice was confirmed this morning and there was a news item that she would be quickly sworn in today (with a formal swearing-in held Friday for the traditional photo-op) and out comes this advisory.
This is exactly what we have been saying for decades.....
Living in Texas, we all went to Mexico to shop and mingle with the locals...in the 50s & 60s. Now I would not cross the border for any reason.... They hate us as much as the muslims do....
The filthy corrupt hellhole known as Mexico is awash in narco violence in it's own country and is also exporting here to the the good old USA. In a few more years you won't be able to tell the two countries apart.
On my single trip to Mexico I was pulled over without cause and threatened with arrest if I didn't turn over $2000 US cash on the spot. I worked 'em down to $200 and got the hell out of there.
And the Reconquistas think they should be in charge of Texas and California! BAH!
Indeed I just noted that Rice was not only confirmed today, but I read earlier that she was going to be sworn in today and then we get this.
Unlike the handwringers on this thread, I saw this as you did...a shot across the bow.
Yes! coming to a city near you soon!
Another major reason to protect the borders and stop them from coming into our country. The state department realizes there is a serious threat on the other side of that border yet will do nothing to protect us on this side??
Welcome to Free Republic. Sadly, I have to agree with your assessment.
How timely. Dr Rice = Travel Warning of Mexico? I like it so far. Next, clean house in the State Dept
Finally, another soul with brain in gear!
You and one other...
And don't worry. She'll be cleaning up. I'll bet the whining from the losers weeded out will be beyond what we've been treated to before. The New York Times should be a stitch as they wax indignant over the travesty of it all.
I can't wait!
MY, MY..Vincente will not like this..cuts down on tourism?
In Mexico, the police will steal your stuff and when you file a complaint they will offer to find it for you for a reward based on the value of the item. They find it right away.
Mexico is utterly corrupt, and everybody in the Western Hemisphere knows it. You're fine in the gringo destinations like Cancun and Acapulco as long as you stick to the main tourist areas. The prices are 50 times higher than they charge for comparable amenities for Mexicans in other regions, but you'll be treated reasonably well.
Stray off the beaten path and you're at best pestered by beggars and con men, and at worst extorted or even killed.
Meanwhile, most of our elected fools appear to be completely unconcerned about the massive criminal activity committed by illegal aliens from Mexico right here in the U.S.
Drugs, violence, weapons and rich addicts in el norte. Perfect growth medium for al queda.
The present is bad enough.
The timing IS suspicious. Seems unlikely she would have made this decision this early doesn't it? Someone at State having some fun?
There is a Sweeden vs Mexico soccer game (not sure if it's tonight or not) planned for Petco Park in San Diego. I was unsure how security comming in from Mexico is going to be handled. Seems like it will be out of control. Anyone have any other info? I just caught this on local news last night.
Whatever happened to the WOD? Whatever happened to the DEA? Even if we stopped the illegals ivading for employment we'd still have the violent drug cartels pushing their sh$t.
And although the reasons aren't identical, there is one common theme -- envy. ....Seething envy.
I was thinking it was issued at her direction. If someone sent out this advisory without authorization they can expect to be dealt with.
However, I am inclined to think this is a warning to Mexico that changes must be made.
Personally, I'm warming up to the idea of invading Mexico, declaring it the 51st state, and declaring marshal law in the border areas. As part of the US, Mexico would immediately be seen as a desirable place to live again by its expatriots living in the northern 48 illegally. And think of our access to that Mexican crude oil.
Who pays for all them candles?
Here ya go! Condi in charge.
She might have but sure seems unlikely IMO. I've no doubt she's more hard core than Powell could ever be, but still it just doesn't seem like a move a newbie Sec would make.
If she's establishing "Bona Fides", she's got a, er, set.
Saw a Mexico vs. U.S. soccer game on TV in '97 or '98 (played at the L.A. Coliseum) that was beyond anything I could ever imagine. The U.S. national anthem was booed mercilessly, the crowd was awash in a sea of Mexican flags, and "urine bombs" were being tossed at both the U.S. players AND those in the crowd who actually had the guts to openly root for the home team.
Its a crap shoot. I took 2 trips deep into Mexico on a motorcycle. The first I was robed, pistol whipped and spent 4 days in the barrios at a cops house waiting for money to be wired. The second 10 years later was with my wife. Shed been with me all over the California, the Caribbean and South Pacific, but admitted that motorcycling down Baja was the best vacation of her life (and the one that she was least looking forward to.)
Theres something very rejuvenating about vacationing in such an untamed, often beautiful and sometimes lawless place. Its not for everyone, which is part of its appeal.
"Bribery will take you where you need to go in Mexico. Welcome to our turd wurld neighbors... er, open border trading partners."
Six years ago I went to Mexico City for the company I was working for at the time. What an eye opener. The company had a guy on retainer that did nothing but accompany us everywhere we went to pay bribes (the bite). As an American you could find yourself in a world of hurt if the proper bribes were not paid. My experience compells me to believe that Mexico has a ways to go before it can be elevated to turd world status.
Thank you for posting this, and all I can say is it's about time. I will be forwarding it DIRECTLY to my daughter.