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January 28th, 2011
DPS: No, really, don’t go to Mexico

Thousands of motorists wait in line on the southernmost stretch of IH-35 in Laredo, Texas. Despite a global recession and escalating violence in Mexico thousands of "paisanos" still made the trek south for Christmas. As the hours passed, however, their concerns about traveling Mexico's highways at night grew. A recent prison break in Nuevo Laredo didn't help soothe their fears about bandits lurking on the roadways. "We might have to get a hotel here," said one traveler. PHOTO by JULIAN AGUILAR/TEXAS TRIBUNE

by BRANDI GRISSOM
The Texas Tribune

In case you were planning any trips to violence-ridden Mexico, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety says don’t — again.

Today, DPS Director Steve McCraw issued a warning against traveling south of the border for the fourth time in the last year. DPS cited the recent killing of a missionary, along with several other killings and kidnappings involving U.S. citizens who ventured into Mexico.

“We know that many of our Winter Texans enjoy traveling to Mexico, but they should understand that we cannot guarantee their safety after they cross the border,” McCraw said in the release. “If violence does occur, we cannot guarantee that anyone will be brought to justice for those acts.”

If you choose not to heed DPS’s advice (or just plain common sense) and go to Mexico anyway, the agency encourages you to register with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate through its website: https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.

BRANDI GRISSOM reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. it is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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One thought on “DPS: No, really, don’t go to Mexico

  1. I just came from the Valley this weekend. Yeah, the border towns are getting worse. You’re probably okay going during daylight hours in the smaller border towns in tourist areas. You’ll see a lot more military. But going at night to party…NOT a good idea right now.

    I’d recommend flying to the safe parts of Mexico if people really want to go, which means flying over the border regions. I’d just avoid those 6 border states.

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