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Old 11-01-2014, 10:45 AM   #1
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A warning to Winter Texans

I just want to remind my fellow FR members, specifically those retirees that winter in south Texas. Many of you have been coming down here for years and are aware of the madness that has escalated south of the border in Mexico in the last 7 or 8 years, but many of you might be new to the area. I'm sure most of you have long ago made the decision to stay north of the Rio Grande, but some of you may still travel to and consider Progreso Mexico a safe haven for Americans. Progreso too has come under much the same violence and corruption that all of Mexico and especially the northern border region has, in recent months. If you must venture into Progreso (and I do not recommend it) please stay in the immediate vicinity of the international bridge and don't wander beyond the two block area where the shops and restaurants are. It's also not a good idea to walk east or west of the Main Street onto the side streets. I've traveled extensively throughout Mexico in my lifetime both as a child and as an adult and I'm here to tell you that I've not stepped foot in Mexico in 7 years and don't ever plan to again. The local newscast is headlined by stories of spill over violence, drugs and car chases on a daily basis that are taking place right here on US soil. Although I feel relatively safe living 8 miles from the border, these stories remind me that Mexico is the source and not a place for me to be. I have many friends who live south of the border and through social media I'm able to follow their daily lives which have become entrenched in this violence in a country which was once peaceful and where I made so many great memories. They have no choice but to live among the scum that are perpetuating this violence but we as Americans do have a choice as to cross over or not. Of course it is your decision and those of you that cross over often and return safely may call me an alarmist but many FR members that may be traveling to Deep South Texas may not be aware of how things really are down here and I feel it only fair to to inform them on my opinion. Please be safe amigos.
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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I hate agree with GASPEDDELER but he is correct.
I grew up in El Paso and have traveled most of my life in Mexico and absolutely love the country but it has been years since I set foot across the border. Life has little if any value to too many people there today.
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Old 11-02-2014, 12:08 AM   #3
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grew up going to mexico, and spring breaking there when in college...

wont set foot back there and have not in over 8 years...wife was offered a position with an anesthesiology group down in el paso for well over 300k a year...NOPE ..I don't even want to go there!!..
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Old 11-02-2014, 11:00 AM   #4
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It's as if the rest of the country is not being informed of what's going on along the border. Unfortunately the cartel is alive, well and living not only in the border states but throughout the country. This is no longer just a border state issue.
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This is a section of the border fence located directly south of where I live. It goes on for miles and miles. Unfortunately there are many open gaps all along the span where pack mules walk through with their loads of drugs to be distributed throughout the country. Where there are no gaps they employ makeshift ladders or just climb over it. My neighbors that live along the river don't dare venture out without a side arm. Most of those coming across are simply looking for work as has been the case throughout history, but others come for other reasons. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-03-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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We live near San Antonio, not near the border, and even we have had issues. Just this past spring, there was a high-speed police chase that ran up our driveway and into our pasture. Illegals and their drugs running through our property. Scary stuff!
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Thanks for the warning, it's funny how we look at things, we live a short distance from the border of the US and Canada, we live on the Canadian side and we travel with caution when we cross the border up here also there are areas of Detriot I would not think of going into.
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My brother lives in Lubbock/Slaton and works in the jail there and deals with this mess. It's terrible. They release them back into Mexico just to be jailed again a couple months or years later in the states for the same offenses.
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Thanks for the warning, it's funny how we look at things, we live a short distance from the border of the US and Canada, we live on the Canadian side and we travel with caution when we cross the border up here also there are areas of Detriot I would not think of going into.
I would walk down any street in Detroit before venturing anywhere in MX. Detroit has its bad areas, that's for sure, but MX seems to have it much much worse.
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Valley residents concerned about violence in Mexico but feel safe in Nuevo Progreso : News : ValleyCentral.com
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