Jill Tahmooressi said the Tahmooressi family is grateful for the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and hopes the added attention puts pressure on the US government.
Grateful for Support
Tahmooressi is the mother of Sgt Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been jailed in Mexico since crossing the border on March 31 while possessing firearms legal in the US but illegal in Mexico. After the VFW announced a boycott of Mexico, his mother expressed her appreciation.
“The family values the opinions of the VFW,” Jill Tahmooressi told American Military News, “and are humbly grateful for their support in demanding the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from El Hongo II Federal Penitentiary, Tecate Mexico.”
White House Petition Inaction
“The family is anxiously awaiting the required response by the White House, based on the threshold met on the White House.gov petition site,” she continued.
There are currently 125,000 signatures asking the White House to help Andrew Tahmooressi to navigate a successful path through the Mexican judicial system. Though the 100,000 signature threshhold was met May 30, the response has been “silence” from the White House, Tahmooressi said.
In fact, there are no documents on the whitehouse.gov website that contain the name “Tahmooressi.” There are 87 results for the word “banana,” 70 for “strawberry”, and 25 results for “haiku,” but nothing on this Marine who fought for his country.
Members of Congress Have Helped
“Legislative support by multiple Senators and Congresspersons have been much appreciated.”
Both Rep Duncan Hunter and Rep Matt Salmon have visited Sgt Tahmooressi in jail.
“The local US Consulate Services, led by Andrew S.E. Erickson Consul General visited Andrew,” she noted. “Secretary of State John Kerry once stated that he, “raised the issue” with Mexico.”
“The family wishes that the White House would treat this not as an “issue,” she stressed, “but a grave, serious, urgent concern.”
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