Montel Williams, former talk show host and military veteran, released a letter that he penned to Mexico’s leaders last month, imploring them to release imprisoned Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi to the U.S.
Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the 26-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, who was being treated for PTSD related to his combat, says he accidentally crossed a California border checkpoint late March 31 and could not turn around before reaching the Mexican government checkpoint. Tahmooressi was in San Diego for treatment related to his PTSD and had all his possessions in his car, after previously moving from Florida. Despite declaring his three-registered weapons to agents at the border, Mexican authorities charged him with violating their gun laws.
The letter, addressed to Mexico’s president, attorney general and ambassador to the U.S., was dated August 20, but only released Thursday to coincide with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) visit to the country.
“I understand New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Mexico for meetings with President Nieto, and that is why I am releasing this letter tonight,” Williams said in a statement. “I implore him to press for Andrew to be released on humanitarian grounds so that he may return to the United States to seek treatment.”
“While I appreciate the Mexican Embassy’s ‘response’ it was non-responsive to the letter I sent. Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi suffers from severe PTSD – he has now been confined for more than 5 months,” Williams said in a statement. “The very nature of PTSD is that its severity often increases over time without treatment. The Mexican Government has provided no such treatment.”
After sending his plea to Mexico’s leaders, Williams received a letter from the Minister for Press and Public Affairs informing him that his concerns would be “conveyed to the appropriate officials.” That letter also included several documents outlining Mexico’s case against the imprisoned Marine, documents Williams countered in a follow-up letter.
Based on Mexico’s response, I don’t believe they have any intention of releasing Andrew any time soon, and why should they when the Obama administration does vitally nothing to help his cause.
On a visit to Los Angles in August, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto called on other states to “evolve” like California so the United States can be more like his home country.
“There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still skimp on recognition and, even worse, the rights of immigrants,” Peña Nieto said, according to the Associated Press. “Those who still believe and bet for the exclusion and discrimination or the rejection of diversity … I only have one thing to say: the future, and a very near future, will demonstrate your ethical mistake. Time will show we’re right.”
Andrew Tahmooressi has been held by Mexican authorities since March 31. (Photo via WSVN-TV)