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U.S. warns to avoid travel to parts of Mexico over crime concerns



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The State Division is urging U.S. residents to keep away from journey to components of Mexico over fears of kidnappings and different crime throughout a number of states, renewing warnings as vacationers make journey plans for spring break season.

The division’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a number of advisories within the final a number of weeks over the continuing violence in Mexico. Cartel violence erupted in Culiacan in early January after authorities arrested Ovidio Guzmán, a frontrunner of the Sinaloa drug cartel and son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

A State Division spokesperson mentioned the protection and safety of U.S. residents is the division’s highest precedence, including that officers are aiming to supply related data for folks to make journey plans. Somewhat than subject a nationwide threat evaluation for Mexico, the division offers a state-by-state summary.

State Division officers urged U.S. residents to not journey to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas over crime considerations.

The six states have acquired the strongest warning from the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which cited shootings between gangs that injured or killed bystanders, and kidnappings wherein vacationers and lawful everlasting residents or “inexperienced card” holders had been focused.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs issued its final countrywide advisory on Mexico in October and subsequent advisories on particular person Mexican states in latest weeks. Officers advise U.S. residents to rethink journey to Baja California, Chihuahua, Durango, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos and Sonora as a consequence of crime and kidnapping.

Final month, Orange County public defender Elliot Blair died while on vacation at a resort in Rosarito within the state of Baja California. His household believes the 33-year-old was killed underneath mysterious circumstances, whereas Mexican officers have referred to as his loss of life an accident.

U.S. officers additionally ask vacationers to train elevated warning when touring in 17 Mexican states, together with Quintana Roo, which is house to the favored vacationer vacation spot Cancún. There have been disputes within the state between Uber and Cabify drivers and taxi unions, which have turned violent and injured U.S. vacationers, according to the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Mexico.