How can you get involved in the fight to free Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi?

On March 31, Mexican federal officers arrested Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi for weapons possession. Tahmorressi, meanwhile, says he took a wrong turn and crossed the southern border by mistake. The 25-year-old decorated war veteran and Florida native was in the process of relocating to San Diego for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. He had been in San Diego for 10 days when he took the wrong turn at the San Ysidro checkpoint.

Last Friday, TheBlaze received and released the last ditch 911 call placed by Tahmooressi just minutes before he was arrested. The fear in Tahmooressi’s voice is obvious as he tells the 911 operator, “The problem is I crossed the border by accident and I have three guns in my truck and they’re trying to take my guns from me.” The 911 operator replies, “There’s nothing I can help you with sir. I do apologize.”

After being arrested, Tahmooressi was originally held in Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary, where he was placed in general population and his life was threatened. He was then moved to solitary confinement and shackled to a bed for nearly 30 days. Last week, Tahmorressi was moved to a maximum-security prison about 40 miles outside of Tijuana. He faces a sentence of six to 21 years in a Mexican prison for carrying his registered AR-15 rifle, .45-caliber pistol, and 12-gauge pump shotgun in his car across the border.

While this case has slowly but surely received more and more attention, it seems as though little is being done to secure Tahmooressi’s release. On Wednesday’s Glenn Beck Program, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), who represents the district that includes the San Ysidro checkpoint, joined Glenn to discuss the work he and other members of Congress are doing to help Tahmooressi.

Watch Glenn’s interview with Hunter below:

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On radio this morning, Sgt. Tahmooressi’s mother Jill joined Glenn in studio to further discuss her fight to free her son. After describing in emotional detail the toll this ordeal has taken on both her and her son, Tahmooressi discussed some of the ways concerned citizens can get involved in raising awareness about the case.

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The statement of evidence in the case is set to take place on May 28, which is a stunning 60 days after Sgt. Tahmooressi’s arrest.

“May 28th is the first official statement of evidence,” Tahmooressi said. “Now, woefully it’s 60 days delayed from the actual arrest, but on May 28 the border agents, customs agents, and Mexican officials will provide their statement of what happened at the border. That’s what’s planned on May 28 before the judge that’s residing over the case.”

This hearing will be particularly important given statements already made by the head of Mexican customs in Tijuana, Alejandro Gonzalez Guilbot.

“All I know is that I was appalled and mortified and my worst fear came true when I read the custom director, Alejandro Gonzalez Guilbot, stated uncategorically that my son said that he was driving purposefully into Tijuana to meet friends and to seek medical care,” Tahmooressi said. “That was my worst nightmare because that is a flat-out lie.”

“That makes me believe, if the customs director is already putting out that statement and the border guards have not even officially placed their statement before the judge, I mean, that it is a totally corrupt and doomed. That is my opinion on that,”she continued. “Now, as far as [Gonzalez Guilbot] himself, I haven’t researched him. I just have heard a little bit that he may not be the most honorable gentleman.”

Tahmooressi encouraged listeners to sign the petition on WhiteHouse.gov before May 31. If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the White House is forced to respond. Such a response would be the first comment from the Obama Administration on the matter. At the time this article was published, the petition had 49,000 signatures.

You can access the WhiteHouse.gov petition HERE.

Another way to learn more about the various rallies being held for Sgt. Tahmooressi all around the country is by visiting the “Free USMC Sgt. Tahmooressi from Mexican Jail” Facebook page.

“If you are somebody that wants to get involved in these rallies, I urge you to do so… The best thing we can do is surround the Mexican consulate, arm in arm, and pray. Be peaceful and loving and good neighbors without any rage, without any anger, without any malice,” Glenn concluded. “Church groups should be doing this. If you have the strength of Christ, and you will stand peacefully, turn the other cheek, love your neighbor, love your enemy – if you do that, you will make an impact.”

Editor’s Note: Jill Tahmooressi will also be on Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program at 5pm ET on TheBlaze TV. Not a subscriber? Start your 14-day free trial HERE.

  • harry faulkner

    I went on that website and it’s as difficult of a Byzantine maze to negotiate. You have to search all over the damned place to find the petition. So difficult was it that I gave up…if you can get involved on the air with it that might help…I’m
    not sure that they’re interested at all in helping this Marine.

  • Anonymous

    I just can’t understand how that checkpoint works. If the main highway runs into Mexico, what is the purpose of a checkpoint off the Hwy? A checkpoint should be the ONLY access at a border crossing. One would think that the main road stays within the US.

  • Beth Whitney

    An easy link to the petition to free Sgt Tahmooressi is at deidrehall.com. Deidre’s son served with Andrew in Afghanistan, and she makes it easy to sign. #MarineHeldinMexico

  • Daniel F. Melton

    Here’s an idea: Put the 2nd Armored Division on the border with orders to shoot then we round up a million or so illegals (or a million residents of any “sanctuary city”) and dump ‘em over the border in Mexico every week until Sergeant Tahmooressi is returned WITH HIS FIREARMS AND PERSONAL POSSESSIONS to the United States.
    The border guard duty can be rotated throughout the armed forces, but keep a uniformed armed presence deterring illegals and smuggling.

  • chaly

    How about a trade for our US Marine. Give them 30 million illegal Mexicans up here for 1 marine down there. Sounds fair to me!

  • Elena

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/demand-release-usmc-sgt-tahmooressi-suffering-ptsd-mexico-imprisonment/qslJk2Xd

    Enough is enough — no bribes to get him out. Boycott Mexico and its goods shipped here thru NAFTA!

  • alexis
  • artillicous

    Send the Seals in, kill a few hundred Mexicans (wont miss them) and free the guy…Really not that hard.

  • Friend of The SEALS

    I have a great idea with the strong possibly of producing a lot of collateral damage….period.

  • Benny

    I say all illegals be arrested and sent back.I hope the morons that don`t mind illegals being here will open their dam eyes for once and feel the same.

  • Jacqui Dunbar

    Thank you Glenn Beck, for bringing this injustice to light for the whole world to see. Again, thank you.

  • Bryan Pettengill

    See the problem is, who is lying? What time did he make the 911 call, and where was he actually going when he got lost? Besides being that there are un mistakable sighs saying last USA exit. 1 mile and 1/2 mile to the boarder there is also last USA parking less than 500 yards from the border. The US Customs has a video showing that the same truck was down in TJ the day before, then the scuttlebutt says he had his truck loaded u with all his stuff to move in with a girl in TJ. Only when he passed the nothing to declare stop, he’s told to go to secondary. Thats when he calls 911. Why isn’t anyone saying anything about his escaping the infirmary and La Mesa prison? That in it’s self is against the law. Sorry for him being in jail, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. You would not believe how may Sailors and Marines are in foreign jails for ignorance of the law.

  • Bryan Pettengill

    it is on the main highway and it is the only access to the border

  • Obie Wan

    We can’t even get Justina Pelletier free from the scum in Massachusetts,so how are we supposed to get this man free from Mexico !!!

  • Bryan Pettengill

    here are the first set of signs.

  • zemla

    I’ve seen sections of the border “fence” (a two story solid wall), the same one they dig tunnels several hundred yards long under. In SoCal the border became so “difficult” the coyotes used boats to deliver human cargo via the pacific. In Texas you may see a truck pulling a trailer of atv’s with gun racks-(the uniformed and armed border patrol),gettin their morning coffee, or suv’s on back roads dragging tires to cover their tracks to set up an ambush….our border with Canada does not have a tenth of all this, yet we still have these problems at the southern border. Stop looking for a “cure” and start looking at the root cause.

  • zemla

    That made me laugh in a good way, thanks!

  • Lisa

    Yeah, cause everyone goes to Tijuana for medical care Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez Guilbot..pffft..

  • Gayla Recktenwald

    I have signed the petition and have emailed senators here in my state. Please lets all do this. Make a little ‘real’ noise. Trust me when I tell you that contacting your representatives in Congress does get their attention.

  • Danny Martinez

    I have crossed this border many times. I just find it hard to believe this guy didn’t see the signs before getting to the border come on your a Marine beware of your surroundings there are 2 big signs before getting to the border and the last one has flashing lights he had to be intoxicated to not see them. Now Mexico has every right to protect its people just like we do here in the US remember this guy has PTSD what if he was going to go on a killing rampage? We don’t know. Now would we release a Tali for accidentally landing on US soil with weapons? HELL NO!!! So can’t blame them for what they are doing. I just hope it gets resolved and he gets home.

  • David Mulloy

    The Root Cause is simple…. there is no opertinity in Mexico, unless you are in the Drug Business.
    This is Very Sad I admit, however it is not Americas Problem!!

  • Angela Knight Malick

    He was here when he entered Mexico, but nice try!

  • Angela Knight Malick

    I guess you did not listen to the Glenn Beck Program, he was NOT on the interstate when he crossed in to Mexico!

  • Gordon Duprey

    Wouldn’t it be great if they just closed the border crossings completely, until he has been released and on this side of the border?

  • Daniel F. Melton

    ***Stop looking for a “cure” and start looking at the root cause.***
    The root cause is the failure to enforce our national border with Mexico and the fecklessness of the lapdog ins. If we were to indelibly mark illegals and give them a guaranteed harsh punishment should they return, there would be much less crime and smuggling.

  • GSanto

    I feel bad for the guy and hope we gain his release soon. Would we not also lock up a Mexican who entered our country with guns?

  • The Man from Scene 24

    We would, but we’d also release him once their officials contacted us and explained the mistake.

  • zemla

    Exactly, though to be accurate the southern border is much more than just Mexican immigrants, as many from Latin America and Asia use this entry point also. But I think you make a great point, these people see opportunity and they risk a lot for it. So those who believe enforcement is the root cause AGAIN fail to differentiate cause/treatment.

  • Boo Radley

    LOl! That’s hilarious!

  • Boo Radley

    I guess you’ve never been to Mexico.

  • Shane Fockler

    Damn, best comment ever!

  • Shane Fockler

    Yeah Danny Maritinez, “many times huh”. Is that twice, eight or twenty two times? How about the first time? Oh wait how about you never been to the area before traveling at night…hmmm is it possible, see not all of us live in that crap part of the world. We live in small towns and unpopulated areas. I was stationed in Camp Pendleton, you know where that is right…of course you do…drove down one night to the naval yard, went to far and guess what…you wont believe this, I turned around in MEXICO

  • Matt DeWeese

    Our Senate is way to busy telling the Washington Redskins to change their name and mascot than to deal with “trivial” issues such as this. (sarcasm) Now I’m not saying whether or not this marine is guilty, but what we can learn from the mexican authorities is that incidents such as this should be harshly dealt with. If you are in this country illegally then you are NOT a citizen and should not be afforded the same rights as a citizen. Because by being here illegally, you have stated your blatant disregard for the laws set forth. Illegals know that the worst that can happen to them is they get deported and can try again later.

  • Angela Knight Malick

    Actually I have been to Mexico a number of times! However that does not change the fact that he was not on the interstate when he made the wrong turns and landed in a mess! :)

  • Anonymous

    Could this be the true big picture why obama and kerry not getting involve with U.S pressure to solve the problem ??,But is to let this incident grow to shift the spotlight off Benghazi / IRS/ Fast and Furious/ NSA// VA and his complete failure in foreign policy !! Why the Mexico dictator helping it grow to help out the want of be dictator name obama !! Same as obama Castro Verdez want to help reseat the want of be dictator of Honduras !! They both help out each other to get what they want by hoodwinking people of both countries !!
    They are doing this at the expense of a innocent and honorable Marine this is why I call both President of U.S and Mexico lower life forms doing this to innocent people for their own personal gains !!!!!!!! Our President obama wants Mexico take the spotlight of wrong doing or incompetents to get it off his failings & wrong doings and Mexico in exchange behind the scene in a secret back room deal get more foreign aid and better immigration policy per their likings !!!!!!

  • Carlos Peligroso

    Then you don’t read well. The crossing in central El Paso maybe but the San Ysidro crossing? I was working there in the 90s and I dont buy the whole “lost” crap. We should do what we can to get our citizen back but he’d be in jail here if he was a mexican national crossing with the same items.

  • Sam Oiocha

    Not only is competition the most efficient resource allocation method known, it provides a guide for our efforts that is free from the meddling of authorities.

  • Patricia Arquette

    I agree with all you’ve said and I feel that the public should stop all travel and spending in Mexico until this soldier is released. 100,000 signatures before the damn white house will respond? Yeah, let’s see how fast they would have responded if it were a son of one those elite Bastard Democrats in Washington. Please sign the petition. I have signed, emailed, both Calif Senators and will call and my congressman Ken Calvert. Write the Atty General, write this head of Mexican Custom to ask for leniency. I have a grown son and would to the brink of insanity if he were in this situation. Ask a ranson be paid and then raise donations. He’s one of ours something has to be done or he will surely die.

  • Patricia Arquette

    DOn’t know who she is but I’d rather this soldier be in a Mass jail, if that’s where you’re referring, a thousand time more than the hell hole in Mexico

  • Patricia Arquette

    YOu should watch the video that someone recorded and Glenn Beck viewed. This guy showed how easily it was for Andrew to have become confused. And the newsman was not intoxicated. Didn’t show any flashing lights, but at night, forget it, if you weren’t used to the laU-Turn, you’d miss it. And you’ve say you’ve been across many times. You were automated to take the correct road. The 911 call by this young man stated he’d made an error but 911 operator said she couldn’t help him, he was now in Mexico. I’ve seen horror stories of those prison communities. Damn I get lost at times missing turnoff here in the U.S.

  • Patricia Arquette

    True, most likely, However our jails here, compared to Mexico’s general, cartel-run prison is like Beverly Hills compared to East L.A. I’d gladly be in jail in the U.S. even with Sheriff Arpaio in AZ over Mexico’s violent, unprotected prisons. They don’t give a damn…we do!

  • Patricia Arquette

    I know about his jumping a wall or fence. AND the rest of the story is…he was being threatened to be rape and murdered. Wouldn’t you try to escape to save your life? It’s instinctive to try to survive. I heard the actual 911 call and he made an error and trying to get help. And I’m going all out to help this young man. I have a grown son, i would take on the Devil to protect.

  • Patricia Arquette

    Well, then you must not realize that illegals (and I know for a fact from Social Security) are getting free food, medicine, SS, etc. ANd why? Because the Demoncrats want their vote…illegal or not…to stay in power to continue their evil agenda and to bring us to the level of a 3rd world country. hell, I don;t know we dont’ take over Mexico we may as well caring for their populous. And btw, I;m of Hispanic background so you cant call me a racist. What I state is just factual.

  • Patricia Arquette

    If you’re referring to the White House Petition, you do have to sign up to post a remark or sign any petition. I did so because I care about what this young man is enduring and care even more for the agony his mother is enduring. I have a grown son and would do everything unto death to help him.

  • Patricia Arquette

    I dont’ know if these other petitions, other than the one to the White House would get the response. Think it would be better to put those signatures on the one that will bring more attention in WAshington. They want 100,000 by May 29 or 30th but the hearing is said to be on May 28th.

  • Patricia Arquette

    I couldn’t have said it better. All about political gain and favors. Jerkoff, lowlife in Washington would have been threatening an invasion if it were one of their sons. Disgusting evil doers will be judged one day and I want to be there when they get theirs. No political power, no coercion, no bribes,no threat, just pure justice.

  • Anonymous

    Your right seems to be one of those deals I wash your back and you wash my but not in the best interest of the honorable Marine or the people of both countries ,but for political gain and cover for both President of Mexico and U.S !!! Let face the facts President obama is not representing the best interest for our country or for U.S citizens first !!! But obama doing a good job representing his best interest of his political gain for himself and his communists objective for our country first !!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ya with obama executive orders on violent illegals criminals that commit vicious crimes in U.S are transfer from our prisons to ICE to get release immediately give them a get out of jail free card to commit more crimes against U.S citizens while U.S citizens are fulfilling their full term of their prison sentence !!. It only a little thing to obama for a illegal coming across the border with guns and most likely the U.S attorney general will look the other way !! Our President obama is treating U.S citizens as second class citizens compare to illegals who are in our country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike L.

    The White House website is DOWN!! No kidding. Talk about frustrating!! I have tried for over an hour to create an account, which is required to sign a petition,and a screen pops up that says “this website is under going maintenance…” with a photo of the White House with scaffolding all around it. Unbelievable. I wonder how many others have been stifled from signing this important petition to help Marine Andrew Tahmooressi? This pretty well sums up THIS White House in my mind. What an embarrassment to us all.

  • Jacqui Dunbar
  • ignacio perez

    You make me sleepy. Yawwwwn…

  • ignacio perez

    Oye, Patricia, cálmate. ¿Qué se siente ser puñal?

  • ignacio perez

    How nice to see the peaceful Americans like you showing your true colors. Bring it, beeeyotch.

  • ignacio perez

    Oye, Patricia, por qué tan enojada? Seguro te casaste con un gringuito de verga pequeña y te sientes insatisfecha. Seguramente deseas haberte casado con un mexicano como yo para que te metiera el salchichón hasta que gritaras “Viva México!” No es así?

  • ignacio perez

    Ay Dios Mio!!! I had heard of this guy Glenn Beck and watched some of his videos. This guy is seriously mentally ill! Who believes anything he says?? Chiga tu madre, Glenn Beck! Muérete!

  • Matt DeWeese

    I completely agree with you. We need to deal with their CRIME in a harsher way.

  • Robert in Las Vegas

    I is obvious to me that some of the people posting here do not watch the Glenn Beck Program. I suggest you start and all of those questions in your mind will be answered. Like, how could he get easily confused? Personally, I would like to see several truckers drive to the Mexican border crossing into Tijuana and jackknife their rigs and trailers blocking the entrance into Mexico. This act would hit the Press big time and possibly wake up Americans to what is going on. This is not the first time that Mexico has pulled this crap. Americans need to wake up and stop all travel to Mexico and stop all business with Mexico. It is amazing that we send our military and money half way around the world but fail to recognize the corrupt country we have right on our border.

  • davessworks

    what an idiot.