It is with great joy that we can announce that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will soon be home!
A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteranwho spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.
Family spokesman Jonathan Franks told The Associated Press on Friday that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
Franks said the judge released him without making a determination on the charge against him.
Tahmooressi is expected to cross the border into the U.S. Friday night.
The family issued the following statement: “It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican Jail.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee members Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ) both believe that Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi should soon be released from his imprisonment in Mexico.
“Last week I had a good and productive conversation with the Mexican Attorney General and am confident that a humanitarian release of Andrew will occur very soon so he can start getting better,” Royce said at the start of a House hearing on the matter Wednesday.
At the same hearing Rep. Slamon said that the Attorney General of Mexico had also said that Tahmooressi could be freed if the US government can prove that he is suffering from PTSD. The government has recently provided Mexico with that documentation so it should just be a matter of time before the Sgt. is released.
“He has the authority within Mexican law to dismiss Sgt. Tahmooressi’s case on humanitarian grounds once he has expert testimony that verifies his combat-specific PTSD diagnosis,” Salmon said. “Chairman Royce and I obtained the appropriate expert medical reports, and forwarded them to the Mexican Attorney General’s desk this past Friday.”
Representative Salmon also added that he was dumbstruck by the fact that President Obama and White House officials hadn’t done more to ensure Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release.
“I am mystified that President Obama couldn’t find time, between negotiating with terrorists, to call our ally, the Mexican president, to appeal to him on behalf of our Marine. The fact is that Mexican citizens violate U.S. law on a regular and continuing basis, illegally crossing our southern border. Mexican officials respond by asking the U.S. for compassion and amnesty for their citizens to remain in the U.S. But frankly, compassion goes both ways.”
This is great and welcome news! However, we should be careful in growing to optimistic about Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release. These comments from Rep. Salmon and Royce are almost a week old now – and the Sgt. still sits in a Mexican prison. Not only that, but three weeks ago Sgt. Tahmooressi’s lawyers were sure of his soon release for other reasons and yet he was not released.
From my perspective it seems that Mexico may be dragging out these proceedings as long as they possibly can. I don’t know why they would be doing this – though our immigration laws may have something to do with it – but they seem to be holding Sgt. Tahmooressi captive in the hopes of using him as some kind of perverse collateral. It feels like the Mexican government may be trying to blackmail our political leaders… could that be possible?
Whatever the reasons, it’s time for Sgt. Tahmooressi to come home. Our government needs to exert whatever pressure may be necessary to do this… even if it means using the millions of Mexican illegals who are currently here in the USA as a political tool. I’d bet a round of mass deportations and strict immigration enforcement would get Sgt. Tahmooressi home post-haste.
But President Obama doesn’t care enough to even try…
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