While the world’s attention is drawn to the kidnapped schoolgirls in Nigeria, I am more concerned with the wrongful imprisonment of one of our own Marines in Mexico.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who resides in San Diego and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, was arrested after accidentally driving over the border at San Ysidro, California, into Tijuana on April 1st. Tahmooressi possessed registered firearms when he crossed into the border, which prompted his detainment. For more than a month, this Marine had been shackled to his cot, but now he is being held in El Hongo penitentiary, 40 miles east of Tijuana until his trial on May 28th.
Sgt. Tahmooressi’s mother Jill has been working with the State Department, urging Mexican officials for an early release, but the White House has still not responded to the matter. The last time Jill was able to speak to her son he told her, “Mom, I’m not going to make it through the night. I’m gonna be killed tonight. Whatever you do, don’t come down here to ask questions.”
Jill has set up a White House petition and needs 100,000 signatures before May 31st. If we garner enough signatures, the White House will have to respond to the imprisonment of one of our own. Please sign the petition and urge President Obama to call on Mexico to release Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.
UPDATE: Listen to the 911 call from Andrew Tahmooressi, just before he was arrested by Mexican officials.