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U.S. Consulate Declares Mexico Safe
KRGV ^ | 12/11/2009 | Lisa Cortez

Posted on 12/11/2009 9:37:51 AM PST by SwinneySwitch

MCALLEN - The U.S Consul General at Matamoros visited McAllen today.

U.S. Consul Michael Barkin says Mexico is a safe place visit, but security is also the number one concern for Americans traveling there.

Barkin was honored today at a reception at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. He has been on the job as U.S. Consul General in Matamoros since September.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS asked him, given the ongoing shoot-outs and violence in Mexico, is it safe to visit? We wanted to know what people who call his office are most concerned about.

Barkin says, "People are concerned about the security, but generally the vast amount of people who travel to Matamoros and Mexico enjoy their vacations. We are not prohibiting or suggesting that people do not travel to Mexico. We are asking that they take precautions, that they be aware of their surroundings."

CHANNEL 5 NEWS also asked Barkin what an American should do if they are across the border and become a victim of violence. He says you should contact police and the nearest U.S. Consulate. Barkin says the primary job of the consulate office is to protect American citizens. He says they have teams ready to work with authorities to help anyone who may need it.


TOPICS: Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: amnesty; bananarepublic; corruption; crimaliens; failedstates; matamoros; mexico; narcorepublic; narcoterror; warnextdoor
Consul Barkin's been on the job since September.

http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/about-us/michael-barkin-bio.html

1 posted on 12/11/2009 9:37:51 AM PST by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

In other news, Russia declares Chernobyl safe.


2 posted on 12/11/2009 9:39:41 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (Obama, Hitler, Stalin: Who are 3 people nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Well, that's good enough for me.

(rolls eyes)

3 posted on 12/11/2009 9:40:34 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Safe to what, visit with a large armed force?


4 posted on 12/11/2009 9:41:20 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
U.S. Consul Michael Barkin says Mexico is a safe place visit, but security is also the number one concern for Americans traveling there.

How high do you have to be to make a statement like that?

5 posted on 12/11/2009 9:41:53 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SwinneySwitch; blackie; stephenjohnbanker; happygrl; brushcop; Pelham; Czar; All

According to many, Mexico is more dangerous than afghanistan.
More beheadings, that’s for sure!

A REMINDER: “Dec. 13th the National Geographic Channel:

Narco State “

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4092/Overview

The reporter who did this piece spent months in Mexico and along our border was on radio this morning. She emphatically stated that the situation/terror/violence in Mexico and spilling over our border is worse than Afghanistan.

And how about Cancun...considered one of the ‘safer’ places in Mexico.

Seven women murdered in Mexico, one beheaded
Thu Dec 3 10:41:59 2009
Seven women were murdered in Mexico, including one who was beheaded in the southern beach resort of Cancun, authorities reported Monday. [snip]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2399511/posts

Mordida, a common event in Mexico

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2375310/posts

Por Esto (Merida, Yucatan) 10/28/09 “Mordida”, a favorite extortion and bribe in Mexico In Cancun, Mexico, police stopped a driver, a visiting tourist, for an alleged “administrative violation.” Then they asked the tourist for up to $300 dollars so she could proceed without having a penalty issued to her. It turned out that the victim of this extortion was Michelle Fischbach, a state senator from Minnesota, who later presented a written complaint to the local authorities regarding the episode. Five Cancun “Tourist Police” officers are now under investigation for their personal attempt at extortion. “Mordida” (a “bite”) is a common...

Novedades de Quintana Roo (Cancun, QR) 10/16/09

Five abducted at market

A drug dealer suspected of stealing from his own gang was murdered in a market area in Cancun Thursday morning and 12 hours later, four people were abducted from the same area along with a hapless taxi driver who just happened to be there. The four apparent targets of the abductions were local venders who are believed to have been accomplices in the murdered man’s treason. A heavily armed group seized the five people without firing a shot and left in three vehicles.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2369290/posts


6 posted on 12/11/2009 9:43:30 AM PST by AuntB (If Al Qaeda grew drugs & burned our forests instead of armed Mexican Cartels would anyone notice?)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I dont even drink the water in TJ so explain safe again?


7 posted on 12/11/2009 9:44:39 AM PST by max americana (i)
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To: SwinneySwitch

There are no gun battles with drug cartels in Mexico. No, not ever. Mexico is safe. The water is perfectly fine too.

8 posted on 12/11/2009 9:48:18 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system. I am Jim Thompson.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

9 posted on 12/11/2009 10:00:13 AM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Obama’s propaganda knows no bounds, including getting Americans hurt in Mexico by telling them despite the kidnappings, the murders, and the drug/government wars, they are safe.


10 posted on 12/11/2009 10:06:32 AM PST by CodeToad (If it weren't for physics and law enforcement I'd be unstoppable!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Dumbass should've made that statement from Ciudad Juarez...

Better yet, a photo op from the Anapra, NM Border Crossing. LOL!

There's a shovel-ready project for you!

11 posted on 12/11/2009 10:09:10 AM PST by Night Hides Not (If Dick Cheney = Darth Vader, then Joe Biden = Dark Helmet)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Our liberal politicians should go there to provide an example for citizens.


12 posted on 12/11/2009 10:15:32 AM PST by pallis
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To: AuntB

I have never been there, unless you include Los Angeles ;-)


13 posted on 12/11/2009 10:22:53 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Murderers, rapists and drug dealers........my idea of paradise!


14 posted on 12/11/2009 10:24:07 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: AuntB

Yep, Mexico sounds safe to me, guys playing and singing songs while willing females wait on your hand and foot...


15 posted on 12/11/2009 10:24:20 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Honey,, pack the car!!! The Ambassador declared Mexico safe again!!!


16 posted on 12/11/2009 10:27:31 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

“what an American should do if they are across the border and become a victim of violence. He says you should contact police and the nearest U.S. Consulate”

Kinda hard to do when your severed head is in a ice chest.


17 posted on 12/11/2009 10:29:16 AM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

bump


18 posted on 12/11/2009 10:36:02 AM PST by VOA (I)
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To: SIDENET

perfect, just perfect.


19 posted on 12/11/2009 10:52:29 AM PST by woerm (student of history)
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To: SwinneySwitch
The recession is over, jobs are being saved and created, and Mexico is now safe.

I bet we're ahead on the 5 Year Plan too.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 12/11/2009 11:30:23 AM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: patriot08; ezoeni; Yehuda; Texas Gal; RC one; DirtyHarryY2K; woerm; bert; altura; bunster; ...

Pingo!


21 posted on 12/11/2009 3:06:46 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObommaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

When your government lies, do you need to support that government? Should you obey what amounts to an unsavory enemy?


22 posted on 12/11/2009 3:21:13 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Like Hell, my legal immigrant Mexican coworker says he won’t dare step foot into that s-hole....


23 posted on 12/11/2009 3:23:51 PM PST by waterhill ("The New Green Is The Old Red.....Mark my words"Mark Levin)
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To: SIDENET; The Comedian

No wonder Barkin was being honored by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce after being on the job for only 3 months.


24 posted on 12/11/2009 3:35:50 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObommaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Hell, I didn’t think Mexico was safe even before this latest wave of violence, and that was just because of the corrupt police.


25 posted on 12/11/2009 3:51:26 PM PST by PLMerite (Ride to the sound of the Guns - I'll probably need help.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Chernobyl is safe,..... just take precautions and be aware of your surroundings. /s


26 posted on 12/11/2009 7:26:39 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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