Mexico Should Issue Travel Warnings for Ferguson, Cleveland and Baltimore (La Jornada, Mexico)


"According to Javier Urbano, coordinator of Migrant Affairs for Universidad Iberoamericana, the problem of insecurity and violence in some [Mexican] states, 'have unfortunately provided material for kneejerk U.S. abuse of travel warnings.' … He pointed out that as a matter of equivalence, 'the government of Mexico should warn its citizens not to travel to Ferguson, Cleveland or Baltimore, where excessive use of force by police has left three young African Americans dead, for example.'"


By Ciro Perez Silva


Translated By Miguel Gutierrez


May 12, 2015


Mexico – La Jornada – Original Article (Spanish)

The grave problem of insecurity and violence in some [Mexican] states, ''have unfortunately provided material for kneejerk U.S. abuse of travel warnings.'' says Javier Urbano, coordinator of Migrant Affairs for Universidad Iberoamericana. He pointed out that as a matter of equivalence, "the government of Mexico should warn its citizens not to travel to Ferguson, Cleveland or Baltimore, where excessive use of force by police has left three young African Americans dead, for example.''


While U.S. State Department alerts have always existed, since President Felipe Calderon launched the "war" against organized crime they have been repeatedly issued for virtually all Mexican states - with a few exceptions.


In 2006, ''given the continuing and growing violence '' that exists in Oaxaca state, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico decided to raise the alert level for its citizens, who were told to "avoid all travel'' to the city. The embassy also called on the various agencies of the Mexican government ''to restore the rule of law. ''

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In 2007, due to the climate of violence related to drug trafficking, the U.S. government amplified its warnings to the safety of its citizens who intended to travel to Michoacan, Baja California, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Guerrero, Oaxaca and especially the cities of Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey, Acapulco, Oaxaca city and 10 more entities.

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''Since then, U.S. alerts have become a kind of rule of thumb for Mexico. While we recognize that we have a problem and that our leaders are to blame, the way they are used as leverage or to promote a stereotype, such accusations cannot possibly be allowed to go unanswered, '' insisted Urbano, who is also a teacher of international cooperation and a doctor in international relations.


Urbano notes that you one cannot hide that there is a problem with ''severe, chronic, endemic corruption, violence and impunity,'' but he contends that the federal government should adopt a position of ''equivalence – because believing that the United States has no drug violence of other crimes committed by criminal organizations is impossible. ''


States like Texas have insisted on issuing alerts to citizens wanting to travel to Mexico. However, using data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography and the Interior Ministry, among other federal agencies, Urbano says it should acknowledge that ''the Mexican government has made great efforts fighting the cartels and should praise its ongoing commitment to make Mexico a safer place to live and visit."



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