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Mary asks…

what fool in their right mind wants to go to mexico now? especially tijuana? ?

do you value your own life?

Tijuana answers:

TJ and any border towns, no, probably best to avoid those, with the drug crime and murders going on there. From what I’ve heard, most big cities are as safe or safer than ours in the US. One thing to consider is that the Mexican economy is on the verge of collapse which would probably bring considerable mayhem and crime throughout. I hope I am wrong on that one, but it seems likely from what I have heard and read.

James asks…

What are the pros and cons of San Diego CA?

What are the pros and cons of living in San Diego CA??
THANKS

Tijuana answers:

Pros: Amazing weather year round
In the same day you can visit the beach and the mountains, rarely but sometimes snow
Many different types of neighborhoods, communities
Museums, theater, social events, and LA is only 1 1/2 hours away for even more entertainment
Shopping opportunities spanning Old Town San Diego to La Jolla galleries to Tijuana, Mexico
San Diego Chargers Football, Padres Baseball, San Diego Sockers Soccer team
Olympic Training Facility
Colleges including UCSD, San Diego State, and 3 Jr colleges
Adequate public transportation

Cons: Housing and living expenses are high in comparison to national averages
Crime in certain areas is high (but now that is normal for almost all of the world!!)

Sandra asks…

Are the drug smugglers in Mexico just as dangerous as the terrorists from 9-11 ?

Tijuana answers:

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chowfun, what you are putting into your body is affecting your brain, apparently.

We aren’t saying weed is as bad as 9/11, we are saying that the cartels are. You know those guys who have bought off the Mexican police force in many areas and even part of the army and our own people on a case by case basis? The ones who cut off people’s heads and throw them on dance floors to make a point?

Get educated. Then look at why some of the towns near the border that are most impacted aren’t AT ALL complaining. Who runs them?

Http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/01/05/america/NA-GEN-US-Border-Kidnappings.php

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/International/story?id=1477964

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6855052/

http://www.laprensa-sandiego.org/archieve/march05-04/narco.htm

http://www.window.state.tx.us/border/ch10/ch10.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050323/news_1mc23gone.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/tijuana/20040915-0500-mexico-disappearance.html

http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/read_article.php?id=249991

And from our State Department:

“Crime in Border Cities: Visitors to the U.S. – Mexico border region, including cities such as Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Nogales, Reynosa, Matamoros, and Monterrey, should remain alert and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

Some border cities have seen an increase in violence over the past year, some of which has been directed against U.S. Citizens. Local police forces have been ineffective in maintaining security in some regions along the border. Drug-related violence has increased dramatically in recent months, and shows no sign of abating. While U.S. Citizens not involved in criminal activities are generally not targeted, innocent bystanders are at risk from the increase in violence in the streets of border cities.

In Ciudad Juarez, Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, and Tijuana, shootings have taken place at busy intersections and at popular restaurants during daylight hours. The wave of violence has been aimed primarily at members of drug-trafficking organizations, criminal justice officials, and journalists. However, foreign visitors and residents, including U.S. Citizens, have been among the victims of homicide and kidnapping in the border region. In recent months, the worst violence has been centered in the city of Nuevo Laredo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where numerous citizens were kidnapped and/or murdered. U.S. Citizens are urged to be especially aware of safety and security concerns when visiting the border region and exercise commonsense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas of border towns during daylight hours. U.S. Citizens who frequently make routine visits to border cities should vary their routes and times and are urged to park in well-lighted, paid, and guarded parking lots. Exercise caution when entering or exiting your vehicle and instruct all fellow travelers to enter and exit the vehicle safely and quickly.

Mexican authorities have failed to prosecute numerous crimes committed against U.S. Citizens, including murder and kidnapping. Local police forces suffer from a lack of funds and training, and the judicial system is weak, overworked, and inefficient. Criminals, armed with an impressive array of weapons, know there is little chance they will be caught and punished. In some cases, assailants have been wearing full or partial police uniforms and have used vehicles that resemble police vehicles, indicating some elements of the police might be involved. ”

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html#security

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