As you may have heard, a Mexican Judge ruled late yesterday that Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi must be released immediately and sent back home to the United States.
After 214 days in captivity, all over making a wrong turn into Mexico, the Sergeant is finally coming home to his family!
It wasn’t the Obama administration that secured his release. It wasn’t John Kerry in the State Department either…
It was Congress. It was the People’s branch of government that was able to put pressure on the Mexican Government to spare Tahmooressi.
For months, we have been faxing Congress demanding that they pressure Mexico to release this brave war hero. I am writing you today to tell you that it worked!
Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle are celebrating the return of a hero today! YOU made a difference in pressuring Congress to act and it was the Congressional hearings and the actions of a select few legislators that got Mexico to release this brave soldier.
When Congress is wrong, we hold them accountable. But when Congress does something right, we must also recognize it.
It’s easy to get on Congress’ case. It’s easy to criticize and attack the Senate and House of Representatives for inaction or horrible actions.
But today is a day for celebration and prayer to welcome this hero back to a country that never stopped fighting for him!
Make no mistake… there were legislators on both sides of the aisle who ignored Sgt. Tahmooressi’s plea. There are 535 members of Congress (combined). Much of the praise today will go towards legislators like Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) who never stopped campaigning for his release. The praise will go towards the bipartisan Congressional group of legislators who increased pressure on the Mexican government.
Today is a day for celebration and thanksgiving and we must give thanks where it is owed.
To the countless Patriots who joined our advocacy campaigns and bombarded Congress and Mexico’s consulates with tens of thousands of faxes, I want to thank you for standing up and answering the call!
To the legislators who aided in securing the Sergeant’s release, you made your country and constituents proud today!
And to Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi: while nothing will ever be able to give you back the 214 days you spent in captivity, just know that not a day went by without you in our thoughts and prayers. The country missed you. Welcome back Marine, oorah!
But it isn’t enough to celebrate. There are countless other veterans who need our help and are struggling. We must never stop pressuring Congress to fix the VA and get our vets the medical care they earned.
Thank you for everything you did to help secure this man’s release,