Spring breakers visiting South Padre Island wander along the US-Mexico border despite travel warning

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Spring breakers have gathered near the southern border, seemingly unaware of safety concerns for both travel and crime happening nearby in Mexico.

The U.S. Mission to Mexico posted a fresh warning last week, noting that “Each year, thousands of U.S. citizens visit Mexico during spring break.” Among the various concerns ongoing in the country, the mission listed violent crime, drugs, unregulated alcohol, and sexual assault.

The mission also pointed to a travel advisory from October 2022 in which the U.S. State Department warned against travel to the states of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, and Zacatecas, while suggesting that Americans reconsider travel to other half-dozen Mexican states.

But spring breakers continue to gather near the border, some of them seemed aware of the dangers ongoing in Mexico while others appeared to not know or even care.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also cautioned against travel, citing the recent kidnapping of four Americans, two of whom died, after they crossed the border allegedly seeking out a medical procedure. The cartel blamed for the incident turned over five individuals who claimed were responsible for the incident and acted without authority.

Source: usembassy.gov

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