100 days later: Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is still locked up in a Mexican prison

Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has been in a Mexican prison since March 31 when Mexican federal officers arrested him for weapons possession. Tahmorressi has maintained he took a wrong turn and crossed the southern border at the San Ysidro checkpoint 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 and had been in San Diego for just 10 days when the arrest occurred.

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. In late May, Tahmorressi was moved to a maximum-security prison about 40 miles outside of Tijuana, where 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.

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to Andrew’s mother, Jill Tahmooressi, about the latest in the fight for his freedom. Wednesday will mark the first time Andrew will actually be able to speak to a judge in court, and Jill called from Mexico to provide an update.

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Based on the counsel of Andrew’s attorney, Jill does not believe her son will be released from prison today, but she remains hopefully and optimistic that, in time, justice will prevail.

“The attorney… says it’s not probable that he’ll be released today,” Jill said. “But God is mighty, and I know that so many of Americans and [people] across the world are praying that that is what happens today.”

Jill explained that her son is in good spirits despite what he has been through, and he is looking forward to getting back to his life and treatment for PTSD.

“He’s hanging this there. You know, of course, he’s a Marine, so he’s gonna… fight through this. And he’s gonna push through until he’s free,” Jill said. “We’re just so hopeful it’s soon because he’s got so much needs that need to be taken care of. And he needs to get out so he can continue on with his life and with his recovery.”

Andrew had traveled from his home in Florida to San Diego in order to get treatment for PTSD, and what he has endured in prison thus far has exasperated the problem in many ways. Jill said her son will join the Mighty Oaks Foundation PTSD program once he is returned to the United States.

The Andrew Freedom Fund has been set up to help raise money to cover the various legal and travel expenses incurred by the Tahmooressi family these last few months. Glenn asked Jill if there is anything else the audience can do to help Andrew and the family.

“Just the prayers,” Jill concluded. “I know God is mighty and just praying that the judge discerns the truth and that the judge is an honorable, God-fearing man who respects the truth and for the Holy Spirit to give Andrew the courage.”

Learn more about the Andrew Freedom Fund HERE.

  • like a boss

    Should send the masses of this country White/Black/Brown back to mexico and hand they keys over rightfully to the Native Americans.

    • Carolyn Joseph


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      • Purple-Stater

        Carolyn has the most logical post in this topic!

  • Bonnie Somer

    I say give all the illegals bk ship em to mexico for our marine sgt fair trade to me our do nothing play golf pres needs to get him home oooooooooooooops sorry he is white

  • AirborneBob DelGiorno

    Why are we going to spend $3 BILLION on the thousands of illegals entering “under the wire” while a US Marine is Held in Mexico for what??!!… a wrong turn!!??

    • BlueMN

      For making a wrong turn while being armed to the teeth including an assault rifle that is illegal in the foreign country he entered illegally. It’s not like the Mexican police abducted him from the US side of the border. Whatever happened to “maximum responsibility” Teabaggers are always whining about?

      • Watch it

        Mexican police and military have crossed into the US with guns, not by accident, were detained briefly and released. Where is the Obama administrations “maximum responsibility” ?

    • Watch it

      Obama will trade terrorists for deserters, has made efforts for the release of “spies” in N Korea and Iran, but Tahmooressi is a gun owner, and Obama hates them. He won’t lift a finger to help someone who is pro-gun.

      In Obama’s administration, there is no such thing as ” …. justice for all”

  • landofaahs

    Frankly, it is time to declare war on Mexico.

    • http://rmusdhs.ss4.sharpschool.com/programs/redskins_sports/ Thunderthud

      At least war would put our troops on the border where they belong!

      Obama wants Tahmooressi to rot in jail as he would like all Americans who carry privately to do. There is no wonder that he hasn’t lifted a finger to spring him.

      • Peter St. Phillip

        ANGRY AMERICANS AWAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hibbadeus Martianemperor

    Grass roots boycott of Mexico since Barry is too busy drinking in Denver.

  • rvgrandma

    from now on any Mexican police or military that ‘accidentally’ cross the border needs to be thrown in prison for months, treated like criminals just like one lone Marine is being treated.

  • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

    Tahmooressi is Obama’s clear daily message to our armed forces:

    “Obama does NOT have your back.”

    • Usedtobe Fishfry

      Tahmooressi was discharged in 2012. He’s legally a civilian.

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised armed forces have not gone down there and removed him from the prison, and NO, I am not daring any person/people to do so. It makes one wonder if it’s a test from this administration to see what Americans will or would actually do. Especially retired or active military personnel. I know it may sound a bit out there, but the minds of this administration are not like the minds of Americans, why? Because I don’t think they are anything close to true Americans and how a country loving patriot would react, think or act upon. Due to the fact most of these people involved in this administration have/or live in the bubble of “yes” men and women. Dare anyone speak an alternate opinion or even think for themselves could be costly to their employment, I’m sure they’re well compensated and do not wish to lose that. Think about people that dictate what the people below them are allowed to state and what or why they may fear to state anything if it conflicts with an opinion of a superior. They may, and it appears to me that the “Out of touch” status of the people who make decisions could easy occur if they are close minded to employees with alternate opinions,(The greater than thou complex), an employee would be well aware of this. By now there may be few to none that would put their neck out with an alternate idea for fear of having their neck chopped off (figuratively speaking), they would have been vetted by now. Just a thought.

    • Peter St. Phillip


      • Anonymous

        Has the time come? People would watch those be burned alive, instead of joining. People are weak, but strength is growing.

    • Purple-Stater

      Ermmm…. why would the military get involved in a situation involving a civilian breaking the federal laws of another nation?

  • CB Robertson

    When is
    anyone going to discuss some of the facts? This guy is a criminal. Timothy
    McVeigh was an American Soldier but that fact did not absolve him from his
    crime. Andrew Tahmooressi crossed the border at this crossing many times – he finally
    admitted – and passport swipe records prove – he is very familiar with this
    crossing. He crossed the morning he was caught. He lied to authorities. He
    tried to escape when confronted. His lawyer lied. Now his mother is on the
    third lawyer who is a known lawyer for the cartels. None of this has helped his
    case. The Mexican Government does not want anyone bringing any kind of firearms
    into Mexico
    and this is clearly stated many times at every border crossing on very large signs.
    The more publicity this case gets the longer they will hold him until everyone
    in the US is aware that
    bringing guns into Mexico
    will get you prison time.

    facts from various websites……….

    Tecate prison is safer than the Mexican prison at La Mesa
    where he was initially held after Mexican police said he crossed into Mexico with
    three weapons and several hundred rounds of ammunition. He is being kept in a
    single cell.

    “He’s safer there,” his mother said. “He knows when he goes to bed at night
    that he won’t be killed. That helps him sleep. And it helps me sleep too.”

    His version of events, however, has become muddled because he initially claimed
    he had never been to Mexico
    but reporters later discovered he had registered earlier that day in a $24
    a-night hotel in downtown Tijuana.

    A receipt from the Hotel Nelson, a somewhat historic $20.00 a night “hot sheet”
    hotel abutting Tijuana’s Zone de Tolerancia” has been uncovered, issued to
    Andrew Tahmooressi for payment of room rent on room 310 on the afternoon of the
    day he was arrested for entering Mexico with a fully loaded AR-15 assault style
    rifle, a chrome plated 1911 model .45 caliber pistol, a 12 ga. shotgun and 457
    rounds of ammunition, in addition to extra clips for the pistol and rifle. All
    loaded and all easily accessible to Tahmooressi.

    We later learned from Rep. Duncan Hunter’s office, a California Congressman
    whose district this occurred in and who never misses an opportunity to bash Mexico, that this was not Tahmooressi’s first
    time in Mexico
    nor crossing the border at that spot. The accused finally admitted to having
    been into Mexico
    5 or 6 times to visit “friends” as he was developing a relationship with a
    woman from the area. Congressman Hunter’s office confirmed at least two
    previous excursions into Mexico
    based on bank and cell phone records.

    • Pat

      Except that Eric Holder doesnt get to go to a Mexican prison-or an American prison-for his gun running

      • Vi Saxon

        Or that Mexican police are coming across our borders and shooting our American citizens and not being punished for it. Is this not a threat to America and our government does nothing about it….

        • Purple-Stater

          Nations tend to be a bit more “forgiving” when dealing with military and law enforcement where things can be considered acts of war. This situation however, was caused by a civilian. There is little doubt, amongst the rational, that the US would have responded differently if he was on active duty at the time.

          Also, when did Mexican police cross the border and shoot a US citizen?

    • El Amante Apasionado

      Congratulations you REALLY know the facts!

  • John

    Obama Hates America, American’s and anything that defends them.

    • Peter St. Phillip

      HEAR!!!!!HEAR !!!!!!!!!!!! THE TIME HAS COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is so upsetting. Here Obama said he “has a pen and a phone” so he can do whatever he wants and yet he can’t give Mexico a call to get him released. There are not enough words to express my anger right now and some of them I don’t think I would post them. This administration should hang their heads down in shame.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Obama can trade 5 illegal aliens for him? Wishful thinking…

    • El Amante Apasionado

      And stupid thinking too….amigo…

  • http://batman-news.com TimeWillTell

    . . . makes no sense . . . I say we give the Mexican government a 24 hour
    ultimatum . . . and then give the Marine Corps the green light to go get him . . .

    • El Amante Apasionado

      Waiting for you idiot

  • Watch it

    People have been wondering how these Central American people are crossing Mexico’s southern border in such numbers. Well here’s the mind blowing explanation: Mexico is helping them!.

    Mexico and Guatemala have reached an agreement that is intended to make it easier and safer for Central Americans, including unaccompanied minors, to enter the United States illegally.

    Though largely unreported in the U.S. mainstream media, the two nations agreed on July 7, in a presidential-level meeting in Mexico, to make it legal and safe for Central American immigrants, including unaccompanied minors, to cross Mexico’s border with Guatemala and transit Mexico en route to the U.S. border at the Rio Grande.

    The agreement apparently does not recognize that the result of such trips – entry into the United States – remains illegal.

    But to facilitate the program, the Mexican government announced plans to issue a new “Regional Visitor Card” that will provide documentation for the Central Americans to remain in Mexico as long as it takes to get to the United States.

    Under the auspices of a “Southern Border Program,” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Guatemalan President Otto Pérez, in a meeting in Mexico, agreed to take five concrete steps designed to “protect and safeguard the human rights of migrants who enter and transit Mexico, so as to order international routes of passage [in and through Mexico] to increase and develop the security of the region.”

    The five steps in Mexican “Southern Border Program” included the following action steps: (go here to read the 5 steps and the rest of the article – warning for those with high blood pressure)


  • Uncle Rex

    Each of us must reject the despot’s designs for desolation and tyranny: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Jim Kindle

    I have tried to get hold of Andrews mother who mails me asking for help and money I need to tell her what I am doing to help but find no way to send her a message???? Any suggetions??

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