US Department of State extends Mexico travel advisory as Semana Santa approaches
With Spring Break simmering down, Semana Santa is heating up.
Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is when many Mexican residents go on holiday to celebrate Easter, starting on Palm Sunday.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of State extended its 'do not travel' advisory, warning Americans that the department has limited ability to provide emergency services in five Mexican states due to the high crime rate.
But U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are doing what they can to keep travelers safe.
"Our CBP officers maintain an enforcement posture, while at the same time, maintaining legitimate safe trade and travel," said CBP officer Elias Rodriguez.
The agency is even adding extra officers for Semana Santa. The officers will be inspecting all agriculture products that come into the United States, even Easter egg shells, or cascarones.
This year, CBP is allowing people to bring one dozen clean Easter egg shells per person. Other fruits and plants will not be permitted without inspection.
Even with the travel advisory in place, residents tell CBS 4 News it won't stop them from crossing over.
"It's okay, it's fine," said Priscilla Garcia. "There's going to be bad days like every city, but its okay."
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