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article imageTravel alert for Mexico issued as spring break nears

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Mar 5, 2010 in Travel
Many students are looking forward to their spring break which is quickly approaching. Many think of it as a time to party and go wild.
There are things they and their parents need to be aware of before the destination is planned.
The U.S. State Department as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) are advising students to avoid Mexico for their spring break.
The DPS warning was directed more to the parents. As reported in dallasnews.com Steven McCraw, DPS directorsaid, "Parents should not allow their children to visit these Mexican cities because their safety cannot be guaranteed."
A State Department alert stated, "Mexican drug cartels are engaged in violent conflict — both among themselves and with Mexican security services — for control of narcotics trafficking routes along the U.S.-Mexico border."
There is an increase in violence along the U.S. - Mexico Border as drug cartels fight among themselves and with Mexico security for narcotics trafficking routes along the border. Because of the violence Mexico has deployed military troops throughout the country.
Some of the worst fighting has been in Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Nogales, Matamoros, Reynosa and Monterrey. There has been times during the fighting when U.S. citizens have been trapped and could not leave the area for awhile.
The U.S. Department of State warns "The situation in northern Mexico remains fluid; the location and timing of future armed engagements cannot be predicted. Recently, the cities of Durango and Gomez Palacio in the state of Durango, and the area known as “La Laguna” in the state of Coahuila, which includes the city of Torreon, experienced sharp increases in violence. In late 2009 and early 2010, four visiting U.S. citizens were murdered in Gomez Palacio, Durango. These are among several unsolved murders in the state of Durango that have been cause for particular concern."
For anyone planning to travel to Mexico they need to check these two U.S Department web sites first. Here and here
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