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jrpierce


Feb 18, 2011, 8:45 AM

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United States Consulate General Guadalajara

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO

AS MANY AMERICAN CITIZENS AS POSSIBLE


SUBJECT: SECURITY UPDATE Date: February 18, 2011
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Warden Message



On February 15, one U.S. government employee was murdered and another seriously wounded in an attack while traveling in a U.S. government vehicle on Mexican Highway 57 near Santa Maria del Rio, San Luis Potosi. The Mexican government has assured the U.S. Embassy that all necessary actions to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice will be taken.

American citizens residing in, visiting, or traveling through the geographic area bordered by, and including, the central Mexican cities of San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Leon, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende should maintain a heightened sense of alert while the Mexican government investigation into this incident continues. Americans in this area should monitor local news and information to stay informed about situations that could affect their security.

The U.S. Mission has instructed its employees and their families to defer travel to the State of San Luis Potosi, effective immediately. U.S. citizens should defer unnecessary travel to the State.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada, or, for callers from Mexico, a regular toll line at 001-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Mexico are encouraged to enroll with the Embassy through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) via https://travel.state.gov to obtain updated travel and security information. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the Embassy or Consulates. Enrollment is important; it allows the Embassy and the State Department to assist you in an emergency. Those enrollees who wish to receive updated travel and security information must provide an e-mail address as part of their enrollment. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens in Mexico, please contact the U.S. Embassy or the closest U.S. Consulate. The numbers provided below for the Embassy and Consulates are available around the clock. The U.S. Embassy is located in Mexico City at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc, telephone from the United States: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000. You may also contact the Embassy by e-mail at: ACSMexicoCity@state.gov The Embassy's internet address is http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.

Consulates (with consular districts):
Ciudad Juarez (Chihuahua): Paseo de la Victoria 3650, tel. (011)(52)(656) 227-3000.
http://ciudadjuarez.usconsulate.gov/
Guadalajara (Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguascalientes, and Colima): Progreso 175, telephone (011)(52)(333) 268-2100.
http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/
Hermosillo (Sinaloa and the southern part of the state of Sonora): Avenida Monterrey 141, telephone (011)(52)(662) 289-3500. http://hermosillo.usconsulate.gov/.
Matamoros (the southern part of Tamaulipas with the exception of the city of Tampico): Avenida Primera 2002, telephone (011)(52)(868) 812-4402. http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/.
Merida (Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo): Calle 60 no. 338-K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico 97050, telephone (011)(52)(999) 942-5700 or 202- 250-3711 (U.S. number). http://merida.usconsulate.gov/.
Monterrey (Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosi, and the southern part of Coahuila): Avenida Constitucion 411 Poniente, telephone (011)(52)(818) 047-3100. http://monterrey.usconsulate.gov/.
Nogales (the northern part of Sonora): Calle San Jose, Nogales, Sonora, telephone (011)(52)(631) 311-8150. http://nogales.usconsulate.gov/.
Nuevo Laredo (the northern part of Coahuila and the northwestern part of Tamaulipas): Calle Allende 3330, col. Jardin, telephone (011)(52)(867) 714-0512. http://nuevolaredo.usconsulate.gov/.
Tijuana (Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur): Tapachula 96, telephone 011)(52)(664) 622-7400. http://tijuana.usconsulate.gov/service.html.
All other Mexican states, and the Federal District of Mexico City, are part of the Embassy's consular district.

Consular Agencies:
Acapulco: Hotel Emporio, Costera Miguel Aleman 121 - Suite 14, telephone (011)(52)(744) 484-0300.
Cabo San Lucas: Blvd. Marina local c-4, Plaza Nautica, col. Centro, telephone (011)(52)(624) 143-3566.
Cancun: Plaza Caracol two, second level, no. 320-323, Boulevard Kukulcan, km. 8.5, Zona Hotelera, telephone (011)(52)(998) 883-0272 or, 202-640-2511 (a U.S. number).
Cozumel: Plaza Villa Mar en el Centro, Plaza Principal, (Parque Juarez between Melgar and 5th ave.) 2nd floor, locales #8 and 9, telephone (011)(52)(987) 872-4574 or 202-459-4661 (a U.S. number).
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo: Hotel Fontan, Blvd. Ixtapa, telephone (011)(52)(755) 553-2100.
Mazatlan: Playa Gaviotas #202, Zona Dorada, telephone (011)(52)(669) 916-5889.
Oaxaca: Macedonio Alcala no. 407, interior 20, telephone (011)(52)(951) 514-3054, (011) (52)(951) 516-2853.
Piedras Negras: Abasolo #211, Zona Centro, Piedras Negras, Coah., Tel. (011)(52)(878) 782-5586.
Playa del Carmen: "The Palapa," Calle 1 Sur, between Avenida 15 and Avenida 20, telephone (011)(52)(984) 873-0303
Puerto Vallarta: Paradise Plaza, Paseo de los Cocoteros No. 85 Sur, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, telephone (011)(52)(322)222-0069 and (011)(52)(322)223-3301. For after hours emergencies (011)(52)(332)268-2145.
Reynosa: Calle Monterrey #390, Esq. Sinaloa, Colonia Rodriguez, telephone: (011)(52)(899) 923-9331.
San Luis Potosi: Edificio "Las Terrazas", Avenida Venustiano Carranza 2076-41, Col. Polanco, telephone: (011)(52)(444) 811-7802/7803.
San Miguel de Allende: Dr. Hernandez Macias #72, telephone (011)(52)(415) 152-2357 or (011)(52)(415) 152-0068.

END OF TEXT.

U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara

175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

011 52 33 3268 2100

http://guadalajara.usconsulate.gov/

The Consulate office hours are Monday through Friday

from 08:00 a.m. to 04:30 p.m. (except for Mexican and U.S. holidays).



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chinagringo


Feb 18, 2011, 10:26 AM

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One has to wonder just what the justification is for including Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, Dolores Hidalgo and the other areas not located near San Luis Potosi? Is this based on "intel" that the group responsible for the ICE agent attack is strong in these areas or what?
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Brian

Feb 18, 2011, 11:16 AM

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Neil

I didn't interpret the message to in anyway mean that those other cities are unsafe. However, many people who visit them by automobile take Hwy 57 as their preferred route to the border and it passes directly through the current hotspot of Zeta activity. Common sense would indicate that there will be a major confrontation between the narcos and the Mexican troops in response to this international incident. In other words " Travelers are advised to take an alternate route".


chinagringo


Feb 18, 2011, 11:56 AM

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Brian:

I guess that I took the following statement at its face value:
"American citizens residing in, visiting, or traveling through the geographic area bordered by, and including, the central Mexican cities of San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes, Leon, Guanajuato, Dolores Hidalgo and San Miguel de Allende should maintain a heightened sense of alert while the Mexican government investigation into this incident continues."

Certainly Hwy 57 would be a preferred route for traveling to some of the mentioned areas if one was going to or from what is commonly referred to as West Texas. I guess the fact that they included Dolores Hidalgo in the warning struck me as strange since there really isn't a large Gringo population there.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Reefhound


Feb 18, 2011, 12:06 PM

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What is wrong with advising someone to maintain "a heightened sense of alert"? Seems pretty reasonable for most areas now. These incidents are starting to happen in places they hadn't often been happening in before so who knows what "safe" area will be next.


chinagringo


Feb 18, 2011, 1:12 PM

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It is one thing to suggest a "heightened sense of alert" in a specific area if there exists a solid reason for that area. Without such a reason, then the affected populace may tend to pay less attention the next time around. The US Consulate Service in Mexico already has a "REP" for alarmist and often inaccurate warnings!
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



Reefhound


Feb 18, 2011, 1:31 PM

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What's an "area"? We're talking about cities only an hour or two drive from the location of the incident. Most people travel Mx57 to get to those cities.

I hear what you're saying about false alarms but on the other hand if they only issue a warning for the immediate vicinity of the latest incident, they look like they are always a step behind. What would you say if you were the consulate director? You're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Everyone is inaccurate in this game.


jrpierce


Feb 18, 2011, 2:36 PM

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I posted the Warden Message exactly as transmitted by the Consulate. I'm a Warden for the Embassy, and our agreement is that these notices be posted without modification by the Warden.

That said, I agree with those who despair when these messages are too broad. I live in Morelia where there has been a warning in place for many months, and where I feel there is virtually no sign of security concerns within the city.

On the other hand, while not a lawyer myself, I have worked on issues related to the US legal system for years, and I suspect the lawyers at the State Department prefer to err on the side of caution.

So many of these kinds of things strike me as something to stick into the memory bank in case one will be in that area. We all know that no one knows what may happen in the future, but when someplace is a "hotspot" we can have a heightened sense of caution when planning trips in those areas.


chinagringo


Feb 18, 2011, 3:24 PM

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Since this Warden Message came out of the Guadalajara Consulate, I guess that I look at it with a different eye given their past errors with the "grenade incident" in PV and their initial warnings after recent events in Guadalajara. I can certainly understand the "CYA" aspect but they seem to disregard the short and long term harm to their credibility when the accuracy just isn't there. When they rush into these warnings, they become the little boy who cried wolf.
Regards,
Neil
Albuquerque, NM



tashby


Feb 18, 2011, 5:31 PM

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The changes are mine and are obvious.


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American citizens (or Mexicans....or any other human beings) residing in, visiting, or traveling through <México> should maintain a heightened sense of alert .... <and>.... should monitor local news and information to stay informed about situations that could affect their security.


Duh. Alert.

(By the way, I'm not picking a fight with you chinagringo. You just happened to be the last response in the thread.)

I'm going to stop before I go on a rant.


(This post was edited by tashby on Feb 18, 2011, 5:42 PM)


DavidHF

Feb 18, 2011, 5:51 PM

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I see nothing wrong in the Consulate suggesting a "heads-up." Remember, everyone's not as alert as we are.
 
 
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