Washington, DC – Two Latin American countries have issued travel alerts in the wake of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, warning their citizens about violence in the United States.
Uruguay specifically suggested that travelers avoid Baltimore, Detroit, and Albuquerque, The Baltimore Sun reported.
The Foreign Ministry of Uruguay called those cities three of the 20 most dangerous cities in the world and cited CEOWORLD magazine as the source of its data.
The government of Uruguay also warned travelers about “the indiscriminate possession of firearms by the population” in the United States, and recommended that its citizens avoid U.S. theme parks, shopping centers, festivals, religious activities, and sporting events, The Washington Post reported.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza recommended that its citizens “take extreme precautions or postpone their travels in the face of the proliferation of acts of violence and hate crimes.”
The Foreign Ministry took President Donald Trump to task in their statement.
“These growing acts of violence have found echo and sustenance in the speeches and actions impregnated with racial discrimination and hatred against migrant populations pronounced and executed from the supremacist elite that hold political power in Washington,” the Venezuela’s statement read.
There is speculation that both travel alerts are political maneuvers by governments who are displeased with this Presidential administration, The Washington Post reported.
Despite the widely-reported rhetoric from foreign ministers, both countries have bigger problems with crime and violence inside their own borders.
The U.S. Department of State gave Venezuela its highest travel advisory – Level 4 - in April, warning U.S. citizens not to travel there amidst civil unrest and after the arbitrary arrest of American citizens, WFSB reported.
A 2018 Gallup survey rated Venezuela the most dangerous country in the world for the second year in a row.
The United States raised Uruguay’s travel advisory to a Level 2 at the end of July due to their problems with violent crime, WFSB reported.