POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 8:08am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Violence with the cartels in Mexico continues especially in border cities like Matamoros. The US State Department recently issued a travel warning that outlined the dangers.
Last year, the State of Tamaulipas, which includes Matamoros had the highest rate of kidnappings in Mexico.
Daniel Hong and his family run Gigante in downtown Brownsville. He says cash isn't flowing in like it used to.
"Ever since the violence started four or five years ago and they started going after the heads of the cartels pretty much my foot traffic has decreased."said Hong.
Hong says the combination of shoppers from Mexico getting less for their buck with the peso, and people afraid to leave their homes, his sales have dropped about 50% in the last few years.
"That's why you see businesses on Elizabeth closing, business have been quite volatile for the past four years."said Hong.
Chintinto is a high priest from Jalisco, Mexico. He traveled 18 hours to pray for peace along the border.
Chintito is a Huichol, which is a Native American group in western Mexico. Monday his prayer takes place at Hope Park in Brownsville.
He then walks towards the fence to continue his prayer.
As for Hong, he says he is also praying there will be a change across the border, and business will boom again.