Texas officials strongly advise against taking a trip south of the border for spring break this year, urging Texans to avoid travel to Mexico for the popular travel period and beyond, according to a Friday press release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Texas authorities warned residents to steer clear of Mexico amid the recent violence in the country, according to The Daily Wire.
The travel notice comes just after four Americans were recently kidnapped in Mexico, with two ending up dead, causing an understandable outrage among many Americans.
“Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said.
“Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there; we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.”
Also, federal officials asked any American citizen who does not follow their warning to register with the American embassy or consulate before going.
While the travel warning comes at the start of spring break, the Texas DPS says it goes "beyond" the holiday time as well. This information comes as Americans struggle to sort out how much of their lives should be influenced by stories of tragedy both at home and abroad.
According to the US Department of State, "violent crime - such as homicide, abduction, carjacking, and robbery - is pervasive and common" in Mexico.
The administration has issued "Do Not Travel" advisories to six Mexican states, including Tamaulipas, where the four Americans were kidnapped recently.
They also advise Americans to "Reconsider Travel" to seven Mexican states and to “Exercise Increased Caution” in 17 states. Only two states are advised to "Exercise Normal Precautions," according to the government.
Four South Carolina friends crossed the border into Matamoros, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, which borders the southernmost section of Texas, on March 3.
They were captured in the middle of a drug cartel battle and put into the back of a pickup truck at gunpoint.
According to Tamaulipas officials, cartel members transferred the victims across the state following the kidnapping to confound and elude rescue operations. Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown, two of the Americans, died.
News of the travel warning comes as a divided Congress debates how to deal with the flood of migrants crossing the border into the United States bringing an increase in deadly drugs and an influx of gang and cartel members.