Amidst the recent cartel-related violence that led to the death of two American citizens and the kidnapping of two others, a former senior FBI official cautioned American college students against traveling to Mexico.
"No, absolutely not," former FBI Assistant Director Tom Fuentes said during an appearance on "Jesse Watters Primetime."
"The problem with these self-contained resorts – and they have all kids of security and protection and everything – [is] you have to get to the resort. So the danger is getting off the plane or bus or train and getting from the transportation hub to the actual resort which there you have protection."
He drew a parallel between the scenario in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, where the four Americans were trapped by cartels just a few miles from Brownsville, Texas, and the current situation.
"En route, you’re in danger, just like these Americans that were killed in Matamoros – because once they crossed the border they were on their own," Fuentes said.
"They might have gone on their way to a medical facility that had security guards or any of that – we don’t know for sure. But they certainly once they crossed the border they were on their own."
Fuentes remarked that the Biden administration seems to lack a clear plan to address the issue of cartel smuggling and violence.
"Or if they have a strategy, they failed to articulate it in any kind of sensible manner," he said.
"If they're going to have a strategy, it's going to have to start with closing the border. That's number one – And until they do that, they're not serious about any of this."
One key distinction between the U.S.'s actions against Islamic extremist organizations and possible operations in Mexico is that the former targeted groups that were not located in major cities abroad, whereas the cartels primarily operate within heavily populated areas in Mexico.
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