According to the Epoch Times, the U.S. State Department recently issued a new travel warning for U.S. citizens who decide to travel to Mexico.
In this warning, the State Department had a list of five Mexican states with “Do Not Travel” warnings.
On December 17, 2019, the department announced an “exercise increased caution” travel warning because of increased crime and kidnapping
The “Do not travel” warnings only apply to five Mexican states, which include Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas.
The following cities were listed as potential danger zones: Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sonora, and Zacatecas.
American citizens who travel to Mexico are recommended to have traveling companions and family that stay home who are aware of their travel plans. Additionally, the department advices that these Americans traveling Mexico send a friend their GPS location. Some other suggestions include “using toll roads where possible, avoid driving alone at night, exercise increased caution when visiting local bars, nightclubs, and casinos, be vigilant at banks and ATMs, and to not display signs of wealth.”
In addition, U.S. government employees have been advised to not travel between cities at night, to not ride with taxis on the street, and to use dispatched vehicles instead.
“The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico, as travel by U.S. government employees to certain areas is prohibited or significantly restricted,” the department’s website stated.
“Violent crime—such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery—is widespread.”
Insight Crime reported that 17,608 people were killed in Mexico during January to June 2019, thus making it the highest homicide rate on record in recent history.
Mexico is home to some of the largest and deadliest criminal syndicates on the planet.
“These organizations have drawn from Mexico’s long history of smuggling and its close proximity to the United States, the world’s largest economy, to grow into a regional threat,” Insight Crime reported.
“Their armament, training and tactics have become increasingly sophisticated as the Mexican government has ramped up efforts to combat them.”
After President Donald Trump made an announcement on November 26, 2019, the State Department is expected to formally declare Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations.
After a group is designated as a terrorist organization, per U.S. law, it becomes illegal for Americans to knowingly provide them support. Members of these orgs also can’t enter the country and could face deportation. Financial institutions that realize they have funds in connection to a terrorist group must block the money and make the U.S. Treasury Department aware of this. Further, suspected operatives of foreign terrorist organizations can face surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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