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Texas, U.S. officials warn Americans not to travel to Mexico as cartel violence escalates



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The State Department continues to warn Americans not to travel to Mexico due to increased crime, violence and cartel activity. Last August the department warned specifically that Americans should not go to six Mexican states and to “reconsider” traveling to others.

Earlier this month, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said “Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now.”

“We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats. Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time” he continued.

The U.S. State Department and Texas Department of Public Safety say the warning is not just for spring breakers, as over 558 Americans have been reported and are still missing in Mexico. According to the Washington Post, the number is up from 324 reported in 2020, which the Post says is “almost certainly an undercount.”

“Soaring violence and government dysfunction have fueled a crisis that’s left at least 112,150 people missing,” reports the Post pointing to its 2020 analysis of people missing by country of origin.

At the time in 2020, notes the Post, it was “the worst crisis of the disappeared in Latin America since the Cold War, when military-backed governments kidnapped and secretly killed their leftist opponents – an estimated 45,000 in Guatemala, up to 30,000 in Argentina, as many as 3,400 in Chile. And Mexico’s numbers keep rising. … Mexicans are uncovering two clandestine graves a day, on average.”

The Center Square writes:

Those who don’t heed Texas DPS or State Department travel warnings are urged to register with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate prior to leaving. While DPS says it understands that “many people do travel to Mexico without incident … serious risks … cannot be ignored” and Americans must “consider postponing or canceling travel to Mexico.”

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  1. Marty

    March 26, 2023 at 12:25 am

    Once again, Sara Carter keeps us informed of the real situation on the border!! Thanks!

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Trump, Rep Biggs: invoking the Alien Enemies Act to enable widespread deportation will ‘be necessary’



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At a recent rally in Iowa, former President Donald Trump promised that if elected again in 2024, he would invoke the Alien Enemies Act to enable widespread deportation of migrants who have illegally entered the United States. Since President Joe Biden took office in January of 2021, over 6 million people have illegally entered the country.

Republican Representative Andy Biggs from border state Arizona, which is among the states suffering the greatest consequences from the Biden administration policies, lamented that Trump’s suggestion will be “necessary.”

Speaking on the Just the News, No Noise” television show, Biggs stated “[I]t’s actually gonna have to be necessary.” Biggs then added his thoughts on how many more people will continue to cross the border under Biden: “Because by the time Trump gets back in office, you will have had over 10 million, in my opinion, over 10 million illegal aliens cross our border and come into the country, under the Biden regime.”

“And so when you start deporting people, and removing them from this country, what that does is that disincentivizes the tens of thousands of people who are coming,” Biggs went on. “And by the way, everyday down in Darién Gap, which is in Panama… over 5,000 people a day. [I] talk[ed] to one of my sources from the gap today. And I will just tell you, those people that you’ve seen come come in to Eagle Pass, over 7,000 in a three day period, most of those two weeks ago, were down crossing into the Darién Gap.”

“And those people… make their way up and they end up in the Eagle Pass [Texas], Del Rio area,” he continued. “So if you want to disincentivize them, you remove them from the country, which is why they remain in Mexico policy was so doggone effective at slowing down illegal border crossings.”

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