RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The U.S. State Department has updated their travel warning for people traveling into Mexico, Matt Fernandez reports on some of the dangers you could face when traveling into the country.
The State Department is warning U.S. citizens about the risk of traveling in Mexico due to threats to safety and security by criminal organizations in the country in an updated travel warning.
The updated information replaces the one issued last July on the security situation and states the number of U.S. citizens reported to the Consulate as kidnapped in 2013 has increased by 75% in the State of Tamalipuas compared to 2012.
Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, an Associate Professor and Chair of the Government Department at UTB, commented on the situation, "Drug trafficking organizations and transnational organized crime groups are needing additional sources of funding to continue with operations. That might be the result of the weakening and the war they have been fighting with the federal forces and the are weakened and they need more funding to keep operating."
The warning also states that all U.S. government personnel employees are prohibited from personal travel on Tamaulipuas highways outside of Matamoros, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo due to the security situation.
Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, "The situation has not been controlled in the whole country and we need to acknowledge the fact Mexico is insecure in several parts not in the whole country, but in several parts definitely the situation has not been controlled."