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Mexican drug cartels were pretty much allowed to do whatever they wanted under the Obama administration, but that was then and this is now. The State Department under the Trump administration is taking steps to protect American citizens from the dangers of the Mexican drug cartels.

Yesterday, the State Department issued ‘Do Not Travel’ warnings for 5 Mexican states, Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa and Tamaulipas. Tamaulipas borders southwestern Texas from Laredo to Brownsville and then south along the Gulf of Mexico coast to Tampico. The other four border the Pacific coast and include the resort towns of Mazatlán and Acapulco.

(Fox News) – The State Department unveiled a revamped travel warning system Wednesday, giving five Mexican states the sternest “do not travel” advisory alongside war-torn nations like Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

All five states — Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast — are hotspots of drug cartel activity, either hosting trafficking routes or extensive drug-crop cultivation.

The new warning system designates the states as a “level 4” risk, the highest level of potential danger. Mexico as a whole has a level 2 rating, meaning Americans should “exercise increased caution” because of concerns about crime. But an additional 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday, which urges people to “reconsider travel” there. Mexico has 31 states in all…

Most the Mexican states that border New Mexico, Arizona and California are under a ‘level 3’ risk warning for travelers. Drug cartels control a number of cities along or near the border and anyone is advised not to travel south of the border due to the dangers. Americans make great targets for the drug cartels as kidnap victims or just targets for their own prestige. Traveling to Mexico can be more dangerous than traveling in Chicago, Los Angeles or Baltimore at night time.

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