Cameron County [Texas] Sheriff Omar Lucio said people should avoid crossing into Mexico as the threat of gun battles continue between rival criminal organizations in Matamoros and Reynosa.

Dr. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera said the situation an ongoing fight between criminal organizations that control Reynosa and those that control Matamoros.

“The leaders of these organizations have been arrested or killed, and now we have a different type of violence performed by factions of these organizations that are still armed, and would like to continue existing,” said Correa-Cabrera, chair of the department of government at the University of Texas at Brownsville.

The professor said the situation has only gotten worse throughout the years and the violence is prompting alerts for American citizens traveling into Mexico.

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