Bring Back Our Marine
by Ted Poe on October 3, 2014 at 11:10 AM
It’s been six months since Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested for accidentally crossing the border into Mexico with three legally registered firearms. He’s sat in a Mexican prison ever since without any treatment for the PTSD that he suffers from. This week, a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee held a hearing on Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. At the hearing, I questioned how ironic it was that our Administration can negotiate with the Taliban to secure the release of a missing soldier, but no one from the Administration could pick up a telephone to get our Marine back. That is simply unacceptable and inexcusable.
I’ve introduced House Res 620 to call on the Government of Mexico to immediately release Sgt. Tahmooressi and return him to the U.S. to allow him to receive care for his PTSD and to call on President Obama to do all that he can to secure his release. At the hearing, the Subcommittee’s leadership announced that he would move this bill along when Congress returns. In the interim, it’s long past time for the Administration to stand up, pick up the phone to our southern neighbor and demand that we bring our fellow brother back to American soil where he can get the treatment he deserves.