For nearly three years now, the U.S. State Department has warned Americans against traveling in Mexico due to raging drug war violence. Just a year ago, a federal agent Jaime Zapata and his partner were ambushed in their SUV while traveling in Mexico. Drug cartel members knew they were diplomats and killed Zapata anyway. Regardless, Mexican official Alejandro Poire thinks the warnings are "ridiculous."
Mexico's top domestic security official says a U.S. State Department travel warning on almost half of Mexico's states is "ridiculous" and "out of proportion."
Interior Department Alejandro Poire says million of tourists visit Mexico without incident.
Poire told a news conference Tuesday that he believes "these alerts overstate or misstate the standards and security situation that exists in our country."
The State Department issued an updated travel warning Feb. 8 urging travelers to "defer nonessential travel" to 14 of Mexico's 31 states due to drug-related violence that has cost more than 47,500 lives since 2006.
The warning notes "millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year" and resort areas are generally safer.
Yes, millions visit Mexico incident free each year, but that doesn't change the facts: Mexico is becoming a narco-state and is very dangerous. Not to mention the violence has already spilled over into the United States and drug cartels are running parts of America.
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