Mexico Travel Advisory Claims “No Evidence” Criminal Organizations Have Targeted U.S. Citizens

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The Travel Warning issued late last year remains in effect as college students head out on spring break. According to the warning, last updated on December 8th 2016, “Gun battles between rival criminal organizations or with Mexican authorities have taken place on streets and in public places during broad daylight.” The warning also says “There is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. citizens based on their nationality.” The warning says the crimes U.S. citizens have been victims of, including, homicide, kidnapping, robbery and other violent crimes. According to the warning,  gives a state-by-state breakdown of what advisories are in effect. Bordering the Rio Grande Valley is the state of Tamaulipas,..

Tamaulipas (includes Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico): U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas due to violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico. State and municipal law enforcement capacity is limited to nonexistent in many parts of Tamaulipas. Violent criminal activity occurs more frequently along the northern border and organized criminal groups may target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas. These groups sometimes take all passengers hostage and demand ransom payments. U.S. government personnel are subject to movement restrictions and a curfew between midnight and 6 a.m. Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Ciudad Victoria have experienced numerous gun battles and attacks with explosive devices in the past year.

To view the full Mexico Travel Warning https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

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