State Department Adds Two Mexican States To Travel Advisory

02.23.10 | FL News Team

The U.S. State Department has added two Mexican states to a travel advisory due to a spike in violence. U.S. citizens are being told to avoid Durango and Coahuila

[[ koh-ah-WEE-lah ]] states after four Americans were killed there in recent months. The State Department's travel alert replaces one that expired on Friday. The new one has one important holdover from the last version. U.S. tourists and business travelers are still being encouraged to put off visiting the states of Chihuahua and Michoacan [[ mee-cho-a-KAN ]]. The violence in those areas has spiked as drug cartels wage turf wars and battle Mexican authorities.

 The State Department cited the border city of Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, as a special worry for American travelers. More than 26-hundred people were killed in the Chihuahuan city last year, and some 16-thousand cars were stolen, including 19-hundred carjackings. Officials from the Obama administration are headed to Mexico to meet with their Mexican counterparts to discuss ways to curb the demand for narcotics that's fueling the drug trafficking.