Breitbart Texas traveled to the Mexican States of Tamaulipas and Coahuila to recruit citizen journalists willing to risk their lives and expose the cartels silencing their communities. The writers would face certain death at the hands of the various cartels that operate in those areas including the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas if a pseudonym were not used. Breitbart Texas’ Cartel Chronicles are published in both English and in their original Spanish. This article was written by “JA” Espinoza from Matamoros.
MATAMOROS, Tamaulipas –The State of Tamaulipas has become in one of the most dangerous places worldwide. This is due to the daily violence that take place in this region of Mexico. Kidnappings, shootouts, extortions, among other crimes, keep the Mexican government busy when it comes to security matters without authorities being able to take any true control over the activities carries out by organized crime.
As the Holiday Season’s near, the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros is reminding American citizens visiting Mexico to remain alert about the unstable security conditions in that country.
Angela Kerwin, American Consul in Matamoros, stated that the security warnings about Mexico are not exclusive to tourist but to any U.S. citizen who crosses the border.
“Tamaulipas is not considered a hostile territory but it is considered by the government as dangerous,” she said.
The diplomat stated that the conditions that remain along Tamaulipas highways keep active a travel advisory issued out by the Department of State.
Kerwin stated that as a consulate they have the responsibility to keep citizens informed specially if they travel through Mexico or other countries with similar conditions.
“That is why we keep the information on the web pages so that all citizens looking to travel to Mexico can have a full picture of the conditions of that particular country,” she said.
Citizens can access the U.S. Consulate’s website or the Department of State to learn about the recommendations and advisories about Mexico and other countries.
“The citizen can learn about the conditions that prevail in each of the cities to be traveled. They can also learn about the recommendations made by the U.S. government so they can consider everything before traveling to Tamaulipas.”
American citizens who travel into Mexico can also sign up to a government page where they input their personal information, length of stay and places to visit so they can receive notifications about the conditions of the Mexican regions where they will be staying at.
The travel warnings and advisories take added importance during the holiday seasons, which is when more U.S. citizens visit tourist destinations. The information helps raise awareness and it varies from city to city.
“The travel advisories are not exclusive for tourists but also for any citizen who regularly crosses the border,” she said.