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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday claimed that Mexico was safer than the U.S. These claims come after his country has faced a lot of criticism over the kidnapping of four Americans who crossed into northern Mexico. Two of the four men were killed, while the other one was injured.
During a news conference, López Obrador responded to a question about the travel warning that the U.S. has issued advising citizens to not travel to Mexico. In his response, he claimed that “Mexico is safer than the United States,” and that traveling around the country is not a problem. He added that both American tourists and Mexicans living in the U.S. knew about the safety of the country, and even pointed out that there has been an increase in the number of Americans migrating to Mexico.
Conservative U.S. politicians have been promoting an “anti-Mexico” campaign focusing on crimes in Mexico, however, López Obrador argued that this campaign is just a mechanism for them to block the country’s development.
According to data from the World Bank, the murder rates in Mexico were four times higher than those in the U.S. in 2020.