Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros
U.S. Department of State issued this Travel Warning for Mexico on March 14, 2010:
The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to and living in Mexico of concerns about the security situation in Mexico, and that it has authorized the departure of the dependents of U.S. government personnel from U.S. consulates in the Northern Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros until April 12. Family members of US Government personnel assigned to other areas of Mexico outside the Mexican border states are not affected by this departure measure. This Travel Warning supercedes that of February 22, 2010, and announces the authorized departure of some dependents and updates security incidents.
AP is reporting that two American citizens and a spouse of a Mexican employee were killed Saturday afternoon, according to an unnamed U.S. official who “spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive information.” The AP report also quotes State Department spokesman Fred Lash who said that the decision to authorize consular employees' family members to leave the area was based not only on Saturday's killings but also on a wider pattern of violence and threats in northern Mexico in recent weeks.
The full text of the March 14 Travel Warning is here.
Perhaps because it’s the weekend, none of US Embassy Mexico’s Web 2.0 presence (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or mission blog) has mentioned the March 14 warning or the drive-by shooting that reportedly occurred Saturday afternoon. Only US Embassy Mexico City and the Consulate General in Monterrey have the March 14 Travel Warning up in their website as of this writing.
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