USMC Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is a decorated Marine, meritoriously promoted, and is currently in the Reserves. He served his country with honor in two tours in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Tahmooressi is currently being held in a Mexican Prison since March 31st 2014. Andrew was in San Diego receiving treatment for a recently diagnosed PTSD condition when he made a wrong turn and ended up at the Mexican border. He informed the border patrol agents he did not want to enter Mexico and that he had all his belongings with him including three personal firearms that are legally registered to him. Andrew placed a 911 call to seek help, but they informed him that if he already crossed into Mexico, they could not help him, and he was subsequently arrested on weapons charges and held in Tijuana's La Mesa Penitentiary. There, he was threatened by inmates, stripped and beaten repeatedly by guards, denied water, and chained to his cot for more than 30 days. He has since been moved to El Hongo prison in Tecate.
Andrew's family has been working diligently to get him released. They have experienced legal obstacles and have had to fire his first two attorneys due to various reasons. He now has a third lawyer, Fernando Benitez Alvarez del Castillo, who the family feels is extremely competent and able to expedite the judicial process to get Andrew released. As of right now, a court hearing date has been set for August 4th.
A White House petition was created on May 1st, 2014 and family and friends worked tirelessly to get the required 100,000 signatures in order to get a statement by the President Obama. Sadly, after 3 months of meeting the 130,000 signature mark, they finally received what looks like a computer generated auto reply. Sgt. Tahmooressi's Mother is still waiting for the White House to contact her directly about whats being done to help.
In addition to the petition, the family has been working hard for Andrew's release with help from the State Department, local and national politicians including Rep. Duncan Hunter and Sarah Palin, and numerous caring and dedicated newscasters including Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity.
USMC SGT Andrew Tahmooressi
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