After two Americans connected to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez were gunned down, the U.S. State Department issued a warning regarding travel to Mexico, particularly its northern cities and states — including Tijuana.
The attack in the city opposite El Paso, Texas, included one other victim and involved a consular victim and her husband, according to the Los Angeles Times. President Obama expressed outrage. The travel warning comes just as spring break season — which often included Mexican coastal resorts as destinations — is getting underway.
The State Department's warning included a provision that will allow the families of consular employees in Tijuana, Nogales, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Monterrey and Matamoros get out of town until at least April 12.
Tijuana is L.A.'s closest Mexican destination and for years helped the Port of Entry hold the title of the world's busiest border crossing. But the drug violence that has prompted the federal travel warning has decimated the city's travel industry.
Still, the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, Steven Kashkett, took the warning in stride, emphasizing that it “it refers to all Mexico. Tijuana is a dynamic city with considerable potential,” he said.
“Common-sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding areas where prostitution and drug dealing might occur, can help ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable,” reads the State Department warning.