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Old 05-24-2008, 03:55 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Travel warning from US State Dept:
MIG: Mexico Travel Alert (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html - broken link)
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Old 05-24-2008, 04:51 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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U.S. citizens are urged to be especially alert to safety and security concerns when visiting the border region. While Mexican citizens overwhelmingly are the victims of these crimes, this uncertain security situation poses risks for U.S. citizens as well. Thousands of U.S. citizens cross the border safely each day, exercising common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas of border towns during daylight hours. It is strongly recommended that travelers avoid areas where prostitution and drug dealing occur.
Criminals have followed and harassed U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles, particularly in border areas including Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Tijuana. There is no evidence, however, that U.S. citizens are targeted because of their nationality.
Yes, the violence in Mexico is definitely dangerous and not to be messed with. However, if you do exercise common sense and avoid the sketchy areas, avoid talking to strangers, and never travel alone... you will more than likely be fine. The violence in Mexico has been going on for a few years now , and I have traveled several times since even in the dangerous border cities mentioned in the warning and I have yet to have been a victim of crime there.

If you exercise the necessary precautions, planning, and keep a watchful eye, you'll still be able to have a terrific time and experience some of the natural beauty that Mexico holds.

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