Diane Smith
Forth Worth Star Telegram
December 23, 2010

Fernando Hernandez heard the travel warnings before he booked a bus trip to central Mexico, but he shrugged off reports of crime and kidnappings because he wants to spend the holidays among cherished friends and familiar traditions.

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“We have to see the family,” Hernandez said before boarding a bus Tuesday at a small station in south Fort Worth. He was traveling with his wife to the Mexican state of Queretaro some 18 hours south of the Metroplex.

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U.S. and Texas officials have issued several warnings about travel to Mexico this year. The latest round — sent last week by the Texas Department of Public Safety — was aimed largely at the thousands of families that embark on yearly pilgrimages to cities and towns where they celebrate Christmas, New Year’s Day and Dia de Reyes (Epiphany).

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