This morning, the mother of U.S. Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi spoke to CNN’s Michaela Pereira in advance of tomorrow’s House hearing in Washington D.C. Jill Tahmooressi R.N. is expected to testify with the latest information on her son’s situation, including his mental and physical health. She speaks with Andrew daily.
House Resolution 620, co-sponsored by South Carolina’s Representative Jeff Duncan (R) and Representative Ted Poe (R) of Texas, asks for the “swift return” of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi who has been held prisoner in Mexico for the last six months.
Tomorrow’s hearing is being called by Arizona’s Representative Matt Salmon (R), one of the few people who has actually visited with Andrew Tahmooressi in his jail cell at El Hongo Prison in Baja Mexico, Norte. From the interview with Pereira, it was obvious that Andrew’s mother is guardedly optimistic.
In response to an exclusive interview with Jill Tahmooressi earlier this month, Examiner readers chimed in with less than positive thoughts regarding the case. Many thought the utilization of U.S.M.C. in connection with Andrew’s Individual Ready Reserve status was a mis-characterization of his military status. Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan before receiving an honorable discharge in 2012. Military members remain on IRR for two to fours years following discharge, depending on years of service. Other readers said Andrew should be treated like any other American citizen who had broken the law in a foreign country. After all, he had entered Mexico with three firearms, while legal in the United States, all three are illegal to own in Mexico.
This week a Mexican federal judge in Tijuana is expected to receive reports on the mental state of Tahmooressi. A defense psychiatrist, Dr. Sergio Medina, has met with Tahmooressi and written a report of his findings. The family and defense attorney hopes the report will reach the judge tomorrow. Mexican officials have been cooperative according to the U.S. State Department.
In part, the official response from the White House on this case:
Mexico is one of the United States’ most important partners. We … work closely with them on numerous sensitive issues. While we will not go into detail about our private diplomatic discussions on this case, U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case.
Montel Williams is expected to accompany Mrs. Tahmooressi at tomorrow’s House hearing. Read the exclusive interview with Jill Tahmooressi here.
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