US Updates Travel Advisory Levels for Destinations in Mexico


Source: Travel Pulse

The U.S. State Department on Friday raised the travel warnings to two states in Mexico while downgrading four other Mexican destinations.

The U.S. raised its warnings from Level 2 (“Exercise Increased caution” to Level 3 (“Reconsider travel”) for Baja California and Guanajuato. Baja California, in particular, is a heavy tourist destination that includes Tijuana, Mexicali and Ensenada.


US lifts ‘do not travel’ warning for Canada, Mexico, much of Europe


Source: FlightGlobal

The US State Department has lowered its risk profile for travel to Canada and Mexico, just as Canada also considers easing some of its own strict restrictions for travellers who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

On 8 June the US government lowered its travel warnings for its northerly and southerly neighbor to a “Level 3”, which urges potential travellers to “reconsider” travel to those countries. Previously Canada and Mexico had been on the “Level 4” list – with the government advising “do not travel”.


US State Department Raises Travel Advisory for Mexico


Source: Travel Pulse

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Mexico on Tuesday, advising Americans to avoid travel to the popular vacation destination due to the risk of COVID-19.

Mexico is one of the dozens of countries around the world that have been elevated to Level 4 (Do Not Travel) this spring as the department aims to “better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travelers’ health.” The State Department will expand its Level 4 advisory to include approximately 80 percent of countries around the world.


Elderly Mexicans are visiting their undocumented children in the U.S. – with State Department approval

5/24/2019 – The Washington Post

By Kevin Sieff

granMaría Dominga Romero León bent over a small black suitcase and packed her things, one by one: A folder of photographs, a half-finished blouse, a bag of wooden toys for the grandchildren she’d never met.

She sighed.

“They’re probably used to America by now,” she said.

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U.S. Plans to Sell Mexico 18 Black Hawks to Tackle Drug Trade

800px-US_Marine_Corps_UH-1N_Huey_helicopterThe Wall Street Journal, 4/21/14

The U.S. approved plans to sell Mexico as many as 18 Black Hawk helicopters in a $680 million deal aimed at bolstering efforts to combat drug trafficking.

The State Department approved the potential sale of 18 UH-60M Black Hawks made by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. in an announcement that comes ahead of a planned visit to Mexico this week by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

In its efforts to tackle the drug trade, Mexico has acquired maritime patrol planes, smaller helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and surveillance equipment. Its military budget has tripled over the past decade to 100 billion Mexican pesos ($7.68 billion) last year, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a think tank.

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Prospects for U.S.-Latin American Educational Exchange

education - pile of booksBy Aaron Bell for the AULA Blog, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Regional educational exchange has become an important talking point for U.S. administrations in recent years, but data is still lacking to judge it a success or failure.  In 2011, the Obama administration announced the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, intended to promote a north-south multilateral exchange of 100,000 students by 2020.  The State Department casts it as a means for students in the hemisphere to develop the relationships and skills necessary to meet four contemporary challenges: citizen security, economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.  The organizations tasked with fulfilling the program’s goals include the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, whose 60-plus years of advocacy on behalf of international education is based on the belief that “international education leads to a more peaceful world.”

Whether such lofty aspirations are possible is subject to some debate, but the more-easily measured effect of 100,000 Strong will become clearer when the Institute of International Education releases its report later this year on international study to and from the United States during the past academic year.

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Documents Show FBI Monitored Mexican Author, Carlos Fuentes

Photo of Carlos Fuentes by Abderrahman Bouirabdane (Flickr)AP, 6/22/2013

The FBI and the U.S. State Department closely monitored Mexican author Carlos Fuentes for more than two decades because he was considered a communist and a sympathizer of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, recently released documents show. The documents posted on the FBI’s website this week show the United States denied Fuentes an entry visa at least twice in the 1960s.

In one of the memorandums Fuentes is described as “a leading Mexican communist writer” and a “well-known Mexican novelist with long history of subversive connections.” Fuentes died in 2012 at age 83 after suffering an internal hemorrhage. In the 170-page dossier of internal official documents and some newspaper articles, the FBI describes how it monitored Fuentes and denied him permission to enter the United States for having been a member of the Mexican Communist Party.

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Mexico’s Ernesto Zedillo May Be Immune from US Lawsuit over Massacre

Fox News, 9/9/12

Former President Zedillo participated in the panel

The U.S. State Department argues that  former president of Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo, should be granted immunity from a  lawsuit filed in Connecticut over the 1997 massacre of 45 people in a Mexican  village.Zedillo, who is now an international studies professor at Yale University,  had argued that his status as a former national leader gave him immunity from  the lawsuit. He has denied the allegations that he bears responsibility for the  massacre by paramilitary groups in Acteal, in the southern state of Chiapas.

A State Department legal adviser, Harold Hongju Koh, wrote in a letter Friday  that Zedillo is entitled to immunity because the lawsuit centers on actions  taken in his capacity as president. He noted also that the Mexican government  had requested a determination of immunity

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State Department Restricts Diplomat Travel in Mexico, Warns U.S. Citizens

FOX News, 7/22/2010

As cartel-fueled violence escalates in Mexico, the State Department has issued an extensive travel advisory warning U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” in the northern part of the country and informing diplomats and their families that certain cross-border travel has been banned.

The eight-page advisory released last week outlined a host of dangers for U.S. travelers and residents in Mexico — firefights, carjackings, kidnappings and more. The State Department said that as of last Thursday, mission employees and their families for the most part are forbidden from driving across the U.S.-Mexico border en route to or from any post inside Mexico.

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U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Mexico warns Americans to avoid travel on highways to Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo

Dallas Morning News, 3/8/2010

Citing gunbattles, grenade attacks and “checkpoints” operated by Mexican drug cartels, the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey is warning U.S. residents to avoid travel on highways between Monterrey and two cities on the border with Texas, Reynosa and Nuevo Laredo.

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