Lawmakers Visit Marine in Mexican Prison, Ask for His Release

by Duane Lester | June 23, 2014 8:51 pm

The big news? They think he needs to come home. No kidding:[1]

[email protected][2] & @RepMattSalmon[3], working for his release, met w Sgt. #Tahmooressi[4] in #Mexico[5] today #MarineHeldInMexico[6][7]

— Foreign Affairs Cmte (@HouseForeign) June 22, 2014[8]

Two Republican lawmakers visited a Marine sergeant held in a Mexican jail Saturday, with one of them saying that the serviceman “needs to come home.”

Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., visited Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi at the El Hongo II prison in Tecate, Mexico. Tahmooressi has been held there since March on gun charges after he accidentally crossed over the Mexican border with three legally purchased guns in his pickup truck. Tahmooressi, who suffers from PTSD, served two tours in Afghanistan.

“I found him to be in good spirits, but this visit confirmed my belief that Sgt. Tahmooressi … needs to come home,” Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. “While I remain respectful of Mexico’s laws, today after I thanked him for his dedicated service, I assured Sgt. Tahmooressi that I will continue working to secure his release so that he can begin needed treatment for his PTSD.”

Later Saturday, a picture of the two congressmen with Tahmooressi was posted on the Twitter page of the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Tahmooressi has alleged that he has been mistreated at the hands of his Mexican captors, accusing his guards of stripping him naked and tying him to a bed, as well as tightening his cuffs until his ankles bled after an escape attempt.

On Wednesday, Tahmooressi’s mother, Jill, said that she had hired Mexican defense attorney Fernando Benitez Alvarez del Castillo. Castillo is the 25-year-old Tahmooressi’s third defense attorney in as many weeks.

“I remain confident that his situation is improving and will end with his release in the near future,” a statement from Salmon read. “His spirits remain upbeat and he has full confidence in his new attorney.”

Sarah Palin may be right. Tahmooressi may be the only person President Obama doesn’t want crossing the border.

Otherwise, you’d think he’d have said something by now.

Hat Tip: Weasel Zipper[11]

See also: The 20 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media (2013 Edition)[12]

The Best Quotes From Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.”[13]

The 6th Annual Poll of Bloggers On The Most Admired People On The Right[14]

  1. No kidding::
  2. @RepEdRoyce:
  3. @RepMattSalmon:
  4. #Tahmooressi:
  5. #Mexico:
  6. #MarineHeldInMexico:
  8. June 22, 2014:
  9. 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know

  10. Buy Now:
  11. Weasel Zipper:
  12. The 20 Hottest Conservative Women In The New Media (2013 Edition):
  13. The Best Quotes From Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals.”:
  14. The 6th Annual Poll of Bloggers On The Most Admired People On The Right:

Source URL: