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VFW: Demand WH get Marine from Mexico jail

Posted by on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:20 PM
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VFW: Demand WH Get Marine From Mexico Jail

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25

 

A major veterans' organization is asking millions of U.S. military personnel and veterans to call and email the White House to demand it gain the release of a Marine reservist jailed in Mexico since being arrested in March on gun charges.

Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander John Stroud is also demanding the White House impose sanctions on Mexico unless it releases Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who says he crossed the border into Mexico with firearms by accident.

"At this point, it's asinine that a government – especially that of our immediate neighboring country – and one we've had a historically good and mutually beneficial relationship with at that, has gone to such extremes over an honest mistake," Stroud said.

Imposing sanctions on Mexico, he said, "seems the least [President Obama] can do at this point."

Stroud said he is asking not only for the support of the 1.9 million members of the VFW and its auxiliaries, "but for the entire military and veteran community to rally for one of their own."

 

 

The VFW in June called for a boycott of Mexico until it released Tahmooressi. Stroud, in a statement Thursday, repeated the call, asking "America's nearly 22 million veterans to boycott all travel to Mexico and the purchase of its goods ... a total boycott." 

Stroud said the VFW has twice tried the "politically polite route" of asking President Obama to urge Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to have Tahmooressi released.

But with Tahmooressi still in custody he Stroud wants all veterans "to take action by flooding the White House with calls and emails ... immediately." His statement includes the main switchboard number to the White House – 202-456-1111 – and a link to email the President via a VFW "Action Alert" page.

In addition, Stroud included the contact information for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, and asked veterans to call and write officials there.

Mexican authorities arrested Tahmooressi after he crossed the border near San Diego, Calif., with several guns that are legally registered to him in the U.S. Tahmooressi said he did not realize he had crossed the border.

Tahmooressi was in San Diego for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, supporters say. He was first held at La Mesa prison in Tijuana, where reports say he was chained to a bed in his cell and beaten by guards.

Tahmooressi was later moved to a prison in Tecate, where Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., first visited him on May 31. Salmon said afterwards that Tahmooressi's treatment at the Tecate prison was an improvement and that he found him in good spirits.

An honest mistake.  Sure, with weapons illegally in his vehicle, on this side and that side of the border.

Well, with this story out at least the WH can be prepared for those phone calls.

From what I understand, he was NOT in treatment.  He had not yet started. 

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2007mommy2be
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:29 PM
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Regardless of treatment or not wtf? They're holding one of our US soldiers WTF? I don't see why something wasn't done sooner. I'm outraged!!
2007mommy2be
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:31 PM
The government let's their people here to use up our resources to the point it takes away from American citizens and they have the nerve to hold captive an American soldier? Wtf!! Anyone from Mexico living here has rights and freedom because men like him serve in the military.
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM
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Quoting 2007mommy2be: Regardless of treatment or not wtf? They're holding one of our US soldiers WTF? I don't see why something wasn't done sooner. I'm outraged!!

What should have been done?  Just because he was once a Marine that means he should be exempt from the laws?  If nothing else, he should have known and had adhered to the laws.  In Cali and Mexico.

Wearing a uniform does not, not should it, ever make any exempt from breaking the law.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:33 PM


Quoting 2007mommy2be: The government let's their people here to use up our resources to the point it takes away from American citizens and they have the nerve to hold captive an American soldier? Wtf!! Anyone from Mexico living here has rights and freedom because men like him serve in the military.

The two are not connected, although I understand your frustration on the part of some of those who enter illegally.  

Even so, that is still not a good enough reason to allow him to walk.

2007mommy2be
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:34 PM
They are saying it was an accident. And what law did he break? He also owned the guns. We all know the laws in Mexico are insane. He was arrested in March. We're basically in September. He was also beaten per reports. Why is this young man being treated as such? Huh?

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting 2007mommy2be: Regardless of treatment or not wtf? They're holding one of our US soldiers WTF? I don't see why something wasn't done sooner. I'm outraged!!

What should have been done?  Just because he was once a Marine that means he should be exempt from the laws?  If nothing else, he should have known and had adhered to the laws.  In Cali and Mexico.

Wearing a uniform does not, not should it, ever make any exempt from breaking the law.

2007mommy2be
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM
What's not connected? They're people break the law all the time when they come here illegally. They get the opportunity to work and send money back to their country.

Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting 2007mommy2be: The government let's their people here to use up our resources to the point it takes away from American citizens and they have the nerve to hold captive an American soldier? Wtf!! Anyone from Mexico living here has rights and freedom because men like him serve in the military.

The two are not connected, although I understand your frustration on the part of some of those who enter illegally.  

Even so, that is still not a good enough reason to allow him to walk.

kailu1835
by Ruby Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:38 PM
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No thank you.  Anyone with a brain knows better than to travel to Mexico while carrying guns and ammo.  He knowingly broke the law of that country, he deserves whatever punishment they decide is appropriate for him.  It was NOT an honest mistake, this is a military man, and he knew damn better.  This is not a guy who was kidnapped, or wrongfully imprisoned.  If he was, I'd feel differently, but just as if you break our laws you face our punishments, he broke Mexican law, and is now facing Mexico's punishments.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM


Quoting 2007mommy2be: They are saying it was an accident. And what law did he break? He also owned the guns. We all know the laws in Mexico are insane. He was arrested in March. We're basically in September. He was also beaten per reports. Why is this young man being treated as such? Huh?
Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting 2007mommy2be: Regardless of treatment or not wtf? They're holding one of our US soldiers WTF? I don't see why something wasn't done sooner. I'm outraged!!

What should have been done?  Just because he was once a Marine that means he should be exempt from the laws?  If nothing else, he should have known and had adhered to the laws.  In Cali and Mexico.

Wearing a uniform does not, not should it, ever make any exempt from breaking the law.

You really just asked what law he broke?

Lets see, he did not have the guns properly stored while driving in Cali.  You do not take firearms in to Mexico.

He was transferred after he was 'beaten' and has since been treated just fine, for being in jail.

He will soon have his next day in court.

He knew better.  He had been down to TJ numerous times before.  His 'accident' excuse obviously doesn't hold a lot of water.  Nor should it.

Nor should his once being in the military mean any thing in regards to his actions, other than he should have been a hell of a lot smarter than he was.

codfish
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:39 PM
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LEGAL REGISTERED TO HIM

How would that make it illegal on this side of the border?


Quoting FromAtoZ:


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VFW: Demand WH Get Marine From Mexico Jail



Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, 25


 



A major veterans' organization is asking millions of U.S. military personnel and veterans to call and email the White House to demand it gain the release of a Marine reservist jailed in Mexico since being arrested in March on gun charges.


Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander John Stroud is also demanding the White House impose sanctions on Mexico unless it releases Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who says he crossed the border into Mexico with firearms by accident.


"At this point, it's asinine that a government – especially that of our immediate neighboring country – and one we've had a historically good and mutually beneficial relationship with at that, has gone to such extremes over an honest mistake," Stroud said.


Imposing sanctions on Mexico, he said, "seems the least [President Obama] can do at this point."


Stroud said he is asking not only for the support of the 1.9 million members of the VFW and its auxiliaries, "but for the entire military and veteran community to rally for one of their own."


 


 


The VFW in June called for a boycott of Mexico until it released Tahmooressi. Stroud, in a statement Thursday, repeated the call, asking "America's nearly 22 million veterans to boycott all travel to Mexico and the purchase of its goods ... a total boycott." 


Stroud said the VFW has twice tried the "politically polite route" of asking President Obama to urge Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to have Tahmooressi released.


But with Tahmooressi still in custody he Stroud wants all veterans "to take action by flooding the White House with calls and emails ... immediately." His statement includes the main switchboard number to the White House – 202-456-1111 – and a link to email the President via a VFW "Action Alert" page.


In addition, Stroud included the contact information for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, and asked veterans to call and write officials there.


Mexican authorities arrested Tahmooressi after he crossed the border near San Diego, Calif., with several guns that are legally registered to him in the U.S. Tahmooressi said he did not realize he had crossed the border.


Tahmooressi was in San Diego for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, supporters say. He was first held at La Mesa prison in Tijuana, where reports say he was chained to a bed in his cell and beaten by guards.


Tahmooressi was later moved to a prison in Tecate, where Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., first visited him on May 31. Salmon said afterwards that Tahmooressi's treatment at the Tecate prison was an improvement and that he found him in good spirits.


An honest mistake.  Sure, with weapons illegally in his vehicle, on this side and that side of the border.

Well, with this story out at least the WH can be prepared for those phone calls.

From what I understand, he was NOT in treatment.  He had not yet started. 


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:40 PM


Quoting 2007mommy2be: What's not connected? They're people break the law all the time when they come here illegally. They get the opportunity to work and send money back to their country.
Quoting FromAtoZ:

Quoting 2007mommy2be: The government let's their people here to use up our resources to the point it takes away from American citizens and they have the nerve to hold captive an American soldier? Wtf!! Anyone from Mexico living here has rights and freedom because men like him serve in the military.

The two are not connected, although I understand your frustration on the part of some of those who enter illegally.  

Even so, that is still not a good enough reason to allow him to walk.

Okay.  And?  So because we allow them in and to stay and work we should expect this man to be treated differently based on our own lenient laws?

Nope.  Reality doesn't work that way.

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