Friday, May 21, 2010
A group of San Diego State University students and professors plan to cross the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to protest the California State University system's ban on study and research in Tijuana.
The group plans to relax on blankets at a Tijuana park, visit art galleries, and go out to eat.
Gina Chapa is a Master's student at SDSU in Public Health and Latin American Studies. She says she chose to study at SDSU for its proximity to Tijuana and its bi-national curriculum.
"It's wealth is it's on the border. You could get an international education. And, yeah, a lot of students were able to do that, until now," said Chapa.
Cal State's chancellor banned travel to Tijuana in March after the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico. The warning came after drug cartel-related violence flared up across the border from Texas and three people tied to the U.S Consulate were murdered in Ciudad Juarez.
Ciudad Juarez is 700 miles from Tijuana. The warning does not say to avoid Tijuana, but to be cautious there.
Drug related violence in Tijuana has dropped this year.