DPS warns travelers not to cross Mexican border this Spring Break

It's still cold outside but signs of warmer weather are on the horizon and that means it's almost time for spring break.

U.T. Sophomore Noah Eastman and nine of his fraternity buddies are headed to Cancun for spring break. Though he's looking forward to spending time in the tropical oasis, his mother is worried he won't get home safely.

"I feel like it's a little bit of over exaggeration," he said.

She sent him the alert that the Texas Department of Public Safety put out warning travelers not to cross the border.

"I've been going to Mexico for the past couple of years and it's not as bad as the media is making it seem."

Mexican officials want to calm the fears too.

Saltillo's Director of Economic Development Juan Carlos Guerra Lopez says the warnings are likely related to border towns. And that, while travelers headed to tourist hot-spots should be aware of their surroundings, they have nothing to fear.

"We are working very hard to make all of our visitors safe" he said.

He and other Mexican officials were in Austin on Thursday for a conference. They are here to meet with Texas entrepreneurs about building a gateway between the two.

"That is what we are all about, creating partnerships that better the Hispanics here in Texas and in the U.S. And developing programs where we can work with our chapters in Mexico and build a bi-national effort." says AEM President Emmanuel Loo. His organization is hosting the forum.

In a press conference Thursday, both groups re-affirmed their mission. They say Texas' ongoing battle with amnesty for illegal immigrants won't stop them from trying to bridge the economic divide. Because they believe it will ultimately create a pipeline of success for everyone.

Noah Eastman hopes that means many more safe trips South of the border.

"As long as you understand the precautions going into it and stick together as a group with the friends you are going with I'll think you'll be fine."

If you are planning to cross the border, DPS says you should check the Department of State's website for the latest on security issues there.

They also suggest registering for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

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