Foreign countries are issuing warnings to their citizens about traveling to the U.S. after a weekend of violence left 31 people dead in two separate mass shootings, reports USA Today, with contributions from the Associated Press and Los Angeles Times. The Venezuelan government issued a statement urging its citizens to postpone trips to the U.S. after “recent acts of violence.” The country advises that Venezuelans stay away from cities that have the most violence, citing a 2019 Forbes article that lists the supposedly most dangerous cities in the U.S. These cities were Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis; Oakland, Memphis, Birmingham, Al., Atlanta, Stockton, Ca., and Buffalo.
Also in Latin America, the Uruguayan government issued a similar release that urges its citizens to take precaution when visiting the U.S. because of its “increasing indiscriminate violence” and hate crimes fueled by “racism and discrimination that cost the lives of more than 250 people in the first seven months of this year.” The Uruguayan notice specifically advises to avoid places that have a large concentration of people such as theme parks, malls, art festivals, religious activities, food festivals, sports events and mass protests. The alerts from the two Latin American countries come after it was discovered that the El Paso shooter, 21-year-old suspect Patrick Crusius, had posted a manifesto saying that the massacre was in response to an “invasion” of Hispanics coming across the southern border. The Japanese Consul in Detroit published an alert Sunday that said Japanese citizens “should be aware of potential for gunfire” everywhere in the U.S., which they described as a “gun society.”