Texas official warns against travel to Mexico




Posted on October 18, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 18 at 1:30 AM

Monterrey, Mexico

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MONTERREY, Mexico — There are growing concerns about Americans traveling to parts of Mexico.

The Texas Homeland Security director says nobody should be going to Mexico right now. And the Jonas Brothers have canceled a concert in Monterrey for safety reasons.

That news translated to deep disappointment for fans of the musical group on Facebook. One confessed to being "depressed and sad."

Monterrey is home to its own Jonas Brothers Fan Club. It's also the scene of escalating drug violence.

While the Jonas Brothers avoid Monterrey, Steve McCraw — the man in charge of Homeland Security in Texas — said Americans should stay out of Mexico altogether.

He made the statement in testimony before a Texas Senate committee. "Candidly, nobody should be going into Mexico at this point in time," he said.

In May, Texas authorities issued a warning about the danger of venturing into Mexican waters on Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas border.

News 8 double-checked whether the Texas Homeland Security director was referring only to northern Mexico. His chief of staff told us no — he means "all of Mexico."

A travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State does single out an increasing number of hot spots in Mexico, but also points out that millions of Americans travel to Mexico safely every year.

And popular tourist destinations like Cancun have not suffered the kind of drug violence seen in some other parts of Mexico.

The Jonas Brothers will still play scheduled concerts in Guadalajuara and Mexico City. The group will honor tickets bought by those disappointed fans in Monterrey — if they're willing to travel to see them perform.

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