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03/06/2012

Texas warns on Spring Break travel

The Texas Department of Public Safety today warned university students from heading to Mexico for Spring Break. From the press release:

“The Mexican government has made great strides battling the cartels, and we commend their continued commitment to making Mexico a safer place to live and visit,” said DPS Director Steven C. McCraw. “However, drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat, even in some resort areas.” 

Mexico’s ambassador to the United States, Arturo Sarukhan, just responded with his own press release:

“Mexico strongly disagrees with the assessment made by Texan officials regarding travel to Mexico in general. As their number one trading partner and largest export market, Mexico believes Texas should be able to more objectively evaluate facts, providing nuance and context, and in doing so, dispel the notion that their motivation is a clear-cut political agenda.”

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