It has been almost 90 days that retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has spent in a Mexican jail, after making a wrong turn that took him across the border. His mother told CNN that there has been no response from the White House. How much longer will Tahmooressi spend in a Mexican jail before someone who actually has the power to do something acts?
During the time that Tahmooressi has been behind bars in a dark cell with no windows, thousands of Mexican and Central American citizens have crossed the border illegally into the United States, in unprecedented numbers. The administration seemingly has no problem with this, and, as The Inquisitr has reported, some have accused the White House of being the driving force behind the border crossings.
Yet, the President’s office cannot, or will not, take the steps to see the release of one Marine who is unjustly imprisoned in Mexico.
“If a petition reaches the signature threshold, it will be reviewed by the Administration and we will issue a response.”
That threshold is 100,000 signatures. It was reached on May 30. In fact, the required number has been exceeded by almost 25,000.
Anchor Chris Cuomo asked Ms. Tahmooressi:
“Have you heard anything from the President’s office?
Have you heard anything from the State Department?”
Tahmooressi’s response was blunt, “I have not.” She told Cuomo that she has heard nothing except at a local level. “I have not received a response yet from the WhiteHouse.gov site, and that is frustrating.”
The Mexican Attorney General has the ability to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence, and many have maintained that all it would likely take is a simple phone call from President Obama to the Mexican President to cause that to happen. But, there is nothing but the sound of crickets from the White House.
Ms. Tahmooressi reports that many in the Legislative branch have been working to free her son, but it is the Executive branch that has the power to stop the injustice immediately.
Cuomo asked Jill Tahmooressi, who is a nurse, how much longer she thought Andrew could make it in the Mexican jail. She told him that she is “extremely anxious” for him. Sgt. Tahmooressi’s ill-fated move to California before he made that wrong turn was for the sole purpose of him accessing medical care for his PTSD, suffered after two tours in Afghanistan. He is not receiving that care. His mother says:
“There is a great urgency for him to be released so that he can get the care that’s required. He served honorably, and he served with respect. And I believe our country needs to respect that service and help him get home.”
Perhaps if thousands or millions of Americans melted the White House phone lines demanding Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s freedom, there might be a response. Here is the phone number: 202-456-1111. The office has ignored the petition that it promised a response to. How long will they continue to ignore this former Marine? It is time for Andrew Tahmooressi to come home. Now.
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