Spring breakers wary of Mexico mayhem

From the Peoria Journal Star:

As students prepare to pack for spring break, colleges across the country are warning those headed for Mexico to beware of mayhem south of the border.

The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory this week urging tourists to take extra caution because of recent drug-related violence throughout Mexico, especially along the border….

Two student groups from Knox College in Galesburg are headed to the border regions of Texas and Louisiana for service work over spring break but are being restricted to areas north of the Rio Grande.

Xavier Romano, vice president for student development and dean of students, said school officials are being “very clear” with students about the service trips.

“We’re telling them we appreciate their work for humanity and social service, but because of the time we live in, travel into Mexico is not allowed,” he said.

Romano said he consulted with colleagues at the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the trips and said he expects calls from both groups each night of their trips, which vary from seven to 10 days.

“I think we’re erring on the side of being overly cautious, but that’s okay with me,” he said.