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Ahead of spring break, State Dept issues travel alert for Mexico border

Travel alert places emphasis on a few hyper-violent cities and states near the Mexico border. It comes as many US college students and families are making travel plans for spring break.

The US State Department this week reissued its travel alert for Mexico. It places particular emphasis on a few hyper-violent border cities.

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The US State Department this week reissued its travel alert for Mexico, despite mounting evidence that – drug-gang beheadings and Al Capone-style massacres aside – America’s southern neighbor is actually getting safer.

The alert comes just as many US college students and families are making travel plans for spring break.

It places particular emphasis on a few hyper-violent border cities and states, and it keeps Mexico on a short list of five countries where the United States government says that recent events underscore a need for Americans to exercise extreme caution when visiting. The other four are India, Malaysia, Niger, and the Philippines.

The travel alert is less encompassing than a travel warning. In the Western Hemisphere, only earthquake-ravaged Haiti and Colombia – site of Latin America’s last insurgent war – merit the State Department’s warning list.

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