Tijuana mayor asks U.S. to reconsider travel warning

State Department warns citizens to take caution when traveling in Baja California

The mayor of Tijuana, Carlos Bustamante Anchondo, has asked for the U.S. State Department to reconsider its travel warning for Baja California. According to the statement from Bustamante Anchondo, the numbers and progress in Tijuana speak for itself. The mayor went on to express how coordinating agencies have increased the security of the city and state. He also stated that Tijuana is no longer included in national and international insecurity issues.

The updated travel warning for the state of Baja California

Baja California (north): Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali are major cities/travel destinations in the state of Baja California - You should exercise caution in the northern state of Baja California, particularly at night. There were 278 homicides in Tijuana from January to June 2013. Mexicali’s murder rate has climbed from 14.3 per 100,000 in 2011 to 15.8 per 100,000 in 2012. In the majority of these cases, the killings appeared to be targeted TCO assassinations. Turf battles between criminal groups resulted in some assassinations in areas of Tijuana and Mexicali frequented by U.S. citizens. Shooting incidents, in which innocent bystanders have been injured, have occurred during daylight hours.

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