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    Washington extends Mexico travel advisory

    Washington extends Mexico travel advisory

    The Associated Press
    1:41 p.m. August 20, 2009

    MEXICO CITY — The U.S. State Department is warning Americans to stay away from President Felipe Calderon's home state of Michoacan, where drug cartel members killed 18 federal agents last month.

    The alert issued Thursday does not recommend against traveling to Mexico, but says recent violence has prompted the U.S. Embassy to urge Americans to delay unnecessary travel to Michoacan and the border state of Chihuahua, where two Americans were abducted and killed in July.

    The department says Americans traveling in those areas should exercise extreme caution.

    Michoacan is home to Monarch butterfly breeding grounds frequented by American tourists. The state erupted in violence last month when La Familia drug cartel launched a series of attacks that killed 18 federal agents and two soldiers across the state after the arrest of a top cartel operative.

    Chihuahua is home to Mexico's deadliest city, Ciudad Juarez, with more than 1,300 murders this year. The alert says Americans should also avoid the Guadalupe Bravo area near Ciudad Juarez, and the northwest quarter of the state, including Nuevas Casas Grandes.

    It warns that killings, carjackings and other crime have increased in the past year in Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, and in other border cities where there have been shootouts in shopping centers and other public venues during daylight hours.

    Criminals have followed and harassed U.S. citizens in their vehicles in the border cities of Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros and Tijuana, according to the state department.

    Drug violence has killed more than 11,000 people since Calderon launched his nationwide crackdown on organized crime, sending thousands of troops to drug hotspots.

    The government says most of the killings are the result of rival smugglers battling for lucrative routes into the United States. ... dex=152752

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    Why anyone would want to go to Mexico is beyond me. We have plenty of beaches and great hotels in this country. Want authentic Mexican food, go around the corner, no matter where you are, and if you need, speak Spanish.
    We need to keep the dollars in this country as Mexico is already getting enough remittances (second largest component of their GDP at last count).
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