US Consulate in Juarez Closes
POSTED: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 5:50am
UPDATED: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 5:12pm
Juarez- The U.S. embassy announced that it will closes it's consulate in Juarez. In a statement, the embassy said the consulate will, " remain closed until a security review is completed."
They did say they will reschedule appointments for those with visa applications pending.
The embassy did not say what prompted the review and a spokesman declined any further comment beyond the statement.
The U.S. State Department has taken several measures over the past few months to protect employees of the consulate and their families from the deadly violence in Juarez
The close comes after the March shooting death of a U.S. consulate employee and her family. Lesley and Arthur Redelfs along with their child and a man with ties to the consulate were gunned down by a drug gang as they left a childrens' party in Juarez.
The closing of the Juarez consulate is the most drastic security measure yet. It's the only consulate in Mexico where people applying for U.S. residency can go.
We will follow this story all morning and bring you any details that become available.