Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi remains in a Mexican prison after accidentally making a wrong turn and entering Mexico with his otherwise legal firearms.
To say that the Obama administration has abandoned him would be an understatement. Last week, President Obama spoke with Mexican President Enrique Nieto. At no point during the conversation did the President bring up the fact that there was an American Marine who was unjustly imprisoned in a Mexican jail!
It wouldn’t have been too difficult. All President Obama had to do was tell his Mexican counterpart that this unjust detention was unacceptable. Whether Obama would be willing to back up harsh language or not, the fact remains that Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed in deplorable conditions for almost three months and the President of the United States couldn’t possibly care less.
I don’t know what is worse: to be beaten and abused in a Mexican prison or to know that the President of the United States – your Commander-in-Chief – could care less that you are there! Now, more than ever, we must raise our voices and DEMAND the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi!
All we heard when Obama traded five Taliban commanders for deserter Bowe Bergdahl was that the United States left no man behind. Well, Barack Obama has left a man behind in Mexico. He has turned his back on a decorated Marine who is being punished for making a wrong turn and accidentally entering Mexico.
This is a young man who served two tours in Afghanistan and is a bonafide hero, being credited with saving multiple lives. Now, because the U.S. government could care less about his plight, Sgt. Tahmooressi faces 6 to 21 years in prison!
A lot of people have bought into the misinformation that has tried to discredit Sgt. Tahmooressi.
Many claim that because he was in Mexico the previous day, he must be lying about accidentally crossing the border. The fact is that the day before the incident, Andrew Tahmooressi was, in fact, in Mexico… except he didn’t drive into the country. He parked his truck on the American side of the border and walked into Mexico over the pedestrian bridge.
When Sgt. Tahmooressi later returned to his car, he left the commuter lot and accidentally took the exit for the U.S.-Mexico border crossing. By the time that happened, it was too late for him to turn around.
So no, Andrew Tahmooressi is not lying. The Mexican government is making an example of him to show us “Gringos” what happens when we violate Mexican law.
The fact is that Andrew Tahmooressi never should have spent even a night in jail. He made an honest mistake and his frantic 9-11 call illustrates that. If the Mexican government was reasonable, it would have let him return home with nothing but a warning.
At every level, the system has failed this brave Marine. He has been beaten and attacked by prison inmates. He has been emasculated and abused by Mexican officials. And to top it all off, his own Commander in Chief won’t even take the time to press for his release!
When I saw that President Obama would be having a conversation with the Mexican President last week, I was hopeful that in addition to discussing the illegal immigration problem, Obama would take the time to at least mention the injustice Sgt. Tahmooressi is facing.
We have known for a while that Barack Obama is a lousy Commander in Chief. But never in my wildest dreams did I think that the President of the United States would leave Sgt. Tahmooressi to rot in a Mexican prison! Every day that this Marine languishes in a Mexican prison is a reminder of just how little the Obama administration cares about our veterans!
Please join me in continuing to hammer Congress and the White House with faxes demanding that they do everything within their power to release Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
Now, more than ever, we must keep up the pressure and demand action! However, we cannot limit our campaign to just Congress. We must widen our scope!
That is why for every fax sent to Congress demanding the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi, we will also be sending a fax to the Mexican embassy on your behalf!
And if you send a fax to the entirety of Congress, then we will also send your fax to all FIFTY Mexican Consulates in the United States!
We know that when we hammer Congress with thousands of faxes sharing a single message, we can generate real results. We have gotten calls from Congressmen complaining about how annoying it is to have hundreds of faxes coming through their system daily.
We know how crippling it can be to send tens of thousands of faxes to Congress that effectively shut down their system until they read every fax! We need to also make sure that EVERY Mexican consulate hears from We the People as well!
Together, we will create enough noise so that Sgt. Tahmooressi’s plight can no longer be ignored!
Not resting until he is home,