Yesterday, the U.S. Department of State issued a Thanksgiving Travel Warning about the security situation in Mexico.
Gun battles between rival drug cartels or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially in the border region. Though, resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.
In addition, the State Department assured tourists that there is no evidence that criminal organizations have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality.
Effective July 15, 2010, the U.S. consulate in Mexico imposed restrictions on U.S. government employees’ travel. U.S. government employees and their families are not permitted to drive for personal reasons from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America.
The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered under all circumstances in Mexico was 113 in 2011 and 32 in the first six months of 2012. Whereas 47,515 Mexicans have been killed in drug related violence between 2006 through 2011.