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The California State University System will allow study in Mexico again, U-T San Diego reported. Chancellor Timothy Reed will allow study abroad to areas of Mexico that do not have State Department travel warnings in effect. The decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
State Senate leaders had sought the change. State Sen. Lou Correa, a Santa Ana Democrat who chairs the Senate Select Committee on California-Mexico Cooperation, said U.S. Ambassador Earl Anthony Wayne had asked the system to lift the travel ban, imposed in 2007. Sen. Lou Carrea webpage.
Mexican officials and CSU academics involved in Mexico and border matters have long decried the ban.
Meanwhile, Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann noted that slayings in Mexico, while dropping, are still high. He said there were 847 killings in February, 1,032 in January, and 1,166 in December, according to statistics compiled by the Lantia consulting group. He said the cities with the most murders in February were Monterrey with 46, Acapulco with 43 and Culiacán with 25. The State Department warning said it was OK to visit both Monterrey and Acapulco.
Frontera newspaper reported that there have been 100 slayings this year in Tijuana and 151 in the state, with 80% of them related to drug peddling. Story, Frontera (PDF).