By: Charles Benninghoff
Make a wrong turn near the Mexico border and you may find yourself being arrested and thrown in a Mexican prison with little to no chance of getting out.
That is what happened on March 31, 2014 to 25-year old U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi.
While driving in Southern California, he unknowingly took a wrong turn and wound up at a Mexican Customs Checkpoint. He was denied the right to turn back and was arrested for carrying firearms into Mexico that are legally registered in the United States.
In desperation, he even called 911 for help. Now, he is in jail in Mexico, has been denied bail, and is now being represented by the third Mexican attorney after being shifted around the Mexican prison system three times.
Those who have been to the crossing point into Mexico that Sgt. Tahmooressi ran into know that it is no joke. If you blink your eyes just once, you will miss the only off ramp once you start going into the "funnel". It is treacherous.
Obama has done nothing about this grave injustice, Kerry is powerless, and Holder refuses to act. Conservative Congressman Ed Royce even traveled to Tijuana to help rescue Sgt. Tahmooressi: all to no avail.
Now, more than 90 days after being arrested by Mexico, Sgt. Tahmooressi is still languishing in a horrible Mexican prison for illegally entering Mexico with firearms in his truck.
Reportedly, Sgt. Tahmooressi is even being held in solitary confinement because both the prisoners and the guards in the Mexican penal system have physically abused Sgt. Tahmooressi.
A little background: Andrew Tahmooressi is:
- A decorated, combat wounded veteran of the Afghanistan war;
- A recipient of a rare battlefield promotion due to service beyond the call of duty;
- A fine young American veteran who is a tribute to his country's fighting spirit;
- Undergoing treatment at a Veterans Administration Hospital as a result of two tours in Afghanistan; and,
- Honorably serving America in the Marine Reserves.
After being honorably discharged from active duty from the Marine Corps, Andrew went to San Diego in March to receive treatment for battlefield fatigue, an affliction previously called by many names (such as shellshock) but now known as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Without many options left to help Sgt. Tahmooressi, the only way is for the American people, themselves, to rise up and strike back at Mexico's pocketbook.
The way to start this is to send strong messages to the Ambassador and major consulate offices demanding Sgt. Tahmooressi's release on the threat of starting a nationwide economic boycott of everything Mexican.
If Americans do not make a dent in Mexico's income, or at least threaten to do so, they will do nothing because the US government has been rendered powerless by Obama, both with our neighbor Mexico and around the world.
Americans must act by sending the strongest messages to the United States-based Mexican representatives that there is going to be a potential cost to their intransigence.
While America treats Mexicans with great honor and respect, in this case Mexico is not reciprocating. Only the American citizenry can help make this happen.
Why should you help Sgt. Tahmooressi? First, it is a duty of Americans to help each other, following the rule of "… do unto others…"
If you want to help free a man who risked his life for your freedom, you can contact the Mexican Embassy here and demand Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release. Please also share this link with everyone you know so they can help too.