U.S Citizens Urged to Reconsider Travel to Mexico Following Kidnapping of Four Black Americans


The recent kidnapping of four Black Americans—two of whom were killed— in the border town of Matamoros, serves as a reminder to Americans to take stock in travel advisories issued by the U.S. officials when venturing beyond U.S. borders. In October of 2022, the U.S. issued the highest-level warning against travel to six states in Mexico: Colima, Guerrero, Michoacan, Sinaloa, Zacatecas, and Tamaulipas due to kidnapping and increased risk of crime.

It was in the state of Tamaulipas that the four were abducted after traveling from South Carolina to Mexico for one of them to have a cosmetic procedure in Matamoros, which is about a half hour drive from Brownsville.

Less than two hours after crossing the border, they were caught in crossfire between rival gangs and abducted. Two of them were believed to have been killed in broad daylight as their SUV was fired upon before they were loaded by gunmen onto the back of a pickup truck and driven away.

They were found in a shack two days later and after being treated and released—one unharmed and the other, with gunshot wounds to his leg—have now been returned to the U.S. with an FBI escort.

One arrest has been made, as officials in the U.S. stress that Americans take the travel advisories seriously, given that some of the country’s most popular travel destinations—including Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Ixtapa— are located in the impacted areas.

In addition to the six states that have received the highest “do not travel to” advisory, the following advisories should also be taken into consideration:

Reconsider Travel To:


Exercise Increased Caution When Traveling To:

Exercise Normal Precautions When Traveling To:

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