‘It was a tragic mistake’: Mother of jailed Marine makes emotional plea for her son’s safe return

On March 31, Mexican federal officers arrested Marine Corps Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi at a border crossing for weapons possession. 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.

A 25-year-old decorated veteran and Florida native, Tahmorressi was in San Diego for a 10-day trip to undergo treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder when he took the wrong turn at the San Ysidro checkpoint. Tahmorressi had all his possessions in his vehicle because he was in the process of moving to San Diego for treatment. He declared his weapons, but Mexican federal agents confiscated them at the border as they took him into custody.

On Friday morning, 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.”

On radio this morning, Tahmooressi’s mother Jill joined Glenn to discuss the status and condition of her son. 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 before being moved to a maximum-security prison about 40 miles outside of Tijuana last week. As Jill emotionally explained, her son made “a tragic mistake,” and she just hopes action will be taken to bring him home safely.

“Glenn, it was a tragic mistake,” Jill said. “I've been praying for you to follow Andrew's fight for freedom. Thank you for reaching out to me.”

“I'm sorry it's taken a while for me to get on board,” Glenn responded. “But I have been following it on TheBlaze, and I know that we have covered it on many of our shows. I've been now on it myself to cover it today because I want to find out what we can do.”

Jill said she is relieved the audio from the 911 call was released today because it renew the conversation surrounding her son’s release. She once again explained that he son had no intention of crossing the Mexican border. She received a phone call from her son around 2:30am EST on March 31, in which he frantically explained the situation he found himself in.

“New [audio] just surfaced – by the grace of God – of his 911 call. He called me, but I didn't know that he had first called 911. So the instinct was, ‘I'm in trouble. Let me call 911.’ So that just came out last night. And it did exonerate him,” Jill said. “It validates what I have been saying for seven weeks now – that my son didn't mean to be in Mexico. It was an accident. I'm just so prayerful that there will be due process and the truth will come out and they'll release him.”

During his time in prison, Andrew has been able to somewhat keep in contact with his mother. In a phone call from Tijuana’s La Mesa Penitentiary, Andrew explained the threat he was under and begged his mother not to travel to Mexico out of fear for her life. Despite the fact that she dealt with her son’s deployment for two years, Jill admitted she has never been so afraid for her son’s safety.

“Two years of combat duty in Afghanistan, and I have never been so afraid in my life and just on my knees praying to my Lord to protect him,” Jill said. “He only wants to get back to America to get well, to get in recovery for his PTSD, and to be a law-abiding citizen in America like he always has been.”

Jill said that she has received support from several congressmen including Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Representatove Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Her biggest help, however, has come from Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), whose district covers the border where Sgt. Tahmooressi crossed.

“Representative Hunter has been so much of an advocate of trying to help through diplomatic and political avenues to just help Mexico understand that it's a grievous mistake,” Jill said. “Every day we pray. Every day and we ask for protection over Andrew and the guards as well that are guarding Andrew. But yes, God is merciful.”

Glenn vowed that TheBlaze will continue to do everything it can to raise the awareness that will hopefully facilitate Andew’s safe return.

We'll do our best, and TheBlaze will stay on it,” Glenn said. “I grew up near the Canadian border and I'm sure it's different, but probably not so much. I mean back in the day there are parts where you live up on the Canadian border and literally you turn down one side of the street, you go one direction, and you're in Canada. You go the other direction and you stay in America. And if you don't know where you're going, it's very easy for this to happen… We will pray for the best. Jill, thank you very much. God bless.”

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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