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How Safe is It to Travel to Mexico Over Spring Break?

In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety has warned against spring breakers traveling to the Gulf Coast crossing into Mexico. And the U.S. State Department’s renewed its warning about the risk of violence against Americans heading into certain Mexican states. And yet, is Mexico more or less violent a country than it was […]

In recent years, the Texas Department of Public Safety has warned against spring breakers traveling to the Gulf Coast crossing into Mexico. And the U.S. State Department’s renewed its warning about the risk of violence against Americans heading into certain Mexican states.

And yet, is Mexico more or less violent a country than it was a few years ago? What impact can repeated warnings have on tourism in Mexico and in Texas towns along the border? How seriously should those warnings be taken? How can they be squared with efforts to highlight Mexico as a destination spot?

We talk it over with Ana Beaven, the owner of Cuchara Restaurant in Houston, and Tony Payan, Director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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