Tourism Down Due to Mexican Violence

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2009 - 7:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

According to The U.S. State Department, in 5 years, more than 200 American citizens have died. This number has made many tourists here in the Valley alarmed about crossing the border these days.

In the past, crossing the border for these Ohio natives was a piece of cake. They say they would cross many times and take advantage of the better deals in food, clothes and accessories. They wouldn't worry about a thing.

“We feel bad for the vendors in the market. We miss not going there. We don't go beyond Garcia’s though. That’s as far as we go.”

But even though they don't cruise around Matamoros, they do in Progreso.

But these folks from Michigan don't go to Mexico at all.

“We’ve never done it before. We’re just going to go to the duty-free store.”

Those who do go into the Mexican side say they stay in well-lit areas and always travel in big groups, that way, it will be harder for anyone to try to do any harm.

The report states, 70 of the 200 Americans killed in Mexico were simply visiting family, vacationing or working there.

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