Two American citizens are dead after a violent kidnapping and shootout in Mexico that is making headlines around the world.
Two others in the traveling party that were injured are now hospitalized back in the U.S. after receiving an armored escort via ambulance in a convoy of Mexican military and American National Guard trucks with mounted machine guns.
The two survivors were taken by the FBI to Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas where they remain hospitalized and under guard.
The four had traveled together from North Carolina so one of them could get a cosmetic medical procedure, a tummy tuck, from a Mexican doctor in the border city of Matamoros.
Each March and April, tens of thousands of American college students go to Mexico for spring break, and many thousands more head south of the border throughout the year looking for fun in the sun.
Clarity from Chaos guest and Travel expert Janet Sanders lived in Mexico until earlier this year and nearly lost her life to the corrupt local police officials under the drug cartel's power. She strongly cautions any American citizen from going to Mexico, especially now with tensions on the rise there. Sanders is urging parents of college students to keep their kids out of Mexico at all costs. “College kids who are there to party won’t make good decisions under the best of circumstances, and now, bad choices could turn deadly,” says Sanders.
“These Americans that were kidnapped by the drug cartels in Mexico were murdered, and we still haven’t declared the cartels a military target. It’s way past time that we authorize U.S. military force against the cartels, and protect our people", said Sanders, who is currently writing a book about her own dangerous experience in Mexico and oversees the travel advisory website https://mexiknowinfo.com/
“My heart goes out to the families of my fellow Americans murdered in Matamoros. It is only because of intense pressure from the media and the U.S. government that the two others are alive. This violence happens every day in parts of Mexico, and no one usually hears about it. That must stop, and I’ll do everything I can to help” said Sanders.
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