US Marine held in Mexican jail; 36,000 criminal illegals in US set free

During the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America there were a couple of times when we traveled very close to the US border with Mexico. As a matter of fact, some of our riders spotted a person illegally entering as we departed Douglas, AZ heading to the New Mexico border – and US Border Patrol was simply observing.

I say this as a backdrop for the recent travails of a US Marine, now being held in a Mexican jail. According to Fox News, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a 25-year-old combat veteran, was jailed in late March after he missed a freeway exit near San Ysidro, Calif., and drove into Tijuana, where Mexican authorities discovered he had three guns in his car. Although the guns were legally owned in the United States, and Tahmooressi said he had no intention of traveling to Mexico, he’s been jailed for more than a month.

Proceedings against Tahmooressi are scheduled for May 28, though U.S. lawmakers are urging them to be expedited and for all charges to be dropped. The active US Marine reservist, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan, including a 2010 stint in the violent Marjah district, was moving from Florida to San Diego with a Marine friend to be close to his treatment center for his post-traumatic stress disorder at the time of his arrest.

On Monday, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a member of the House Armed Services committee, asked Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to suspend military aid to Mexico, including training, intelligence cooperation and equipment transfers until the case is resolved.

So here’s the simple question: why couldn’t the Mexican authorities have just turned Sgt. Tahmooressi around and told him “Vaya con Dios y buenos dias?” This of course is not the first time this has happened.

What I do find ironic is that Sgt. Tahmooressi sits in jail in Mexico while as the Daily Caller reported yesterday, “Nearly 200 murderers, over 400 rapists, and 300 kidnappers in the U.S. illegally were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while awaiting deportation proceedings, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. A total of 36,007 criminal illegal immigrants that were being processed for deportation were freed in 2013. Together, they committed nearly 88,000 crimes, according to the report, published Monday.”

So I ask you, what message does this send to Sgt. Tahmooressi and his family? Whose life means more, an American Marine or criminal illegal immigrants?

Utterly disgusting.


      • define what sabotaging your country and it’s laws should be called?? Aiding and abetting a plan to dislodge everything we stand for????? not treason??

      • No, not treason. Look it up – its in the Consitution.

        Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.

        You probably call anyone you don’t agree with a fascist, too.

  1. This article doesn’t mention that he got in more trouble for trying to escape. He should be sent back to the US, but Mexico has a real problem with gun violence (all of the guns there come from the US) so I can understand why they take a hard line. Our demand for drugs causes the violence that’s perpetrated with US weapons, and regular Mexican people are the ones that suffer.

    Also, West doesn’t mention that he supports any and all wars and if he were in charge, a lot more soldiers with PTSD would be created.

    • Some of what you say is true and some of that was caused by BHO and HIS AG Eric Holder, and more deaths of Americans in Iraq and AAfganistan since 20 Jan 2009 than before that date, Oh and what date is that the first inguration of BHO>

      • I di not say he started the drug war or any war for that matter , I said his AG Eric Hilder is the oe incharge of runnig guns into Mexico under “Fast and Furious”

      • The ‘gunwalking’ started in 2006.. under… wait for it… Project Gunrunner.

        Who was it started that? Which president and AG was ‘on watch’ then?

  2. oh… so Mr West thinks the people making legal decisions in the US are the same people making legal decisions in Mexico?
    Thank God he’s no longer holding office.

    • Seriously Mr. Rafferty? You missed the entire point of the article. Mr. West makes no such assumption. You are just a small minded political troll. I expected more from a former soldier..

      • I don’t think he missed the point. Our government cannot tell the Mexican government who to hold and who to release.

      • Cutting off aid and trucking a few million of them back across the border will do a lot of telling very fast.

      • Then why contrast the two?
        Why call it an outrage that one is in jail while others are not, unless it is to infer that the decisions are made by the same people?

    • No, he is simply pointing out the contrasts between how the mexicans treat illegal border crossings with how the US turns a blind eye to the same. Our government allows thousands to go across our borders illegally with the full support of Mexican authorities, and it’s not reciprocated in the least. Hope that helps your comprehension of the situation and Mr. West’s comments

    • Thank God you are no longer in the armed forces. I wouldn’t want small minded people like yourself representing our country

      • Why, because he doesn’t share your caustic, hateful view of another passionate American? Typical behavior of the “tolerant” left,no?

      • Passionate American? Him one of the most liberal trolls here? It is typical of the liberal left of which you two are shining examples. If are country does it will be largely you and your liberal friends fault.
        If that happens you will have no one to blame but yourselves and you will suffer along with us

    • Brendan, the Mexican Drug Cartels own the Mexican Government/police/military and they are on their way to owning plenty of U.S.A.’s elected officials too. Why do you think our borders have not been secured – they are open and flowing from every port.

    • Where did you pull that out of? the article doesn’t even allude to your poorly thought out liberally deranged comment. where does Mr. West say what you thought he said?

  3. When will people realize that Mexico is at war with us. Yes I said that, It is a cold war. They have an agenda to take back California Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. So they treat our people like dogs while they send millions of their people to invade, then occupy and overwhelm our states with illegal personnel. They do not have to wage an open conflict. all they have to do is vote illegally to get themselves amnesty. Then vote themselves to secede from the US and become Mexican territories.
    You may think I am crazy, so be it, they already have the right to have a drivers licence and able to vote, they have EBT cards so they have more money then anyone I know.

    Imagine what would be said if we had 11 million -people invade Mexico? The world would be outraged

    • The number of illegal aliens is more like 20+ million. That 11 m number has been used since 1980’s – so, with a million more illegal aliens coming across each year that number has grown considerably. It sounds like the military guy didn’t mean to go in to Mexico, he missed his exit and ended up there. Why we are supporting Mexico financially at all is amazing to me – in fact, it was G.W. Bush who doubled their financial aid. Pitiful. Our government is just as corrupt as the rest of the world.

      • 50 to a hundred people are immigrants Millions that come across the border is an invasion and when they stay it is called an occupation. Whether it is 11 million or 50 million, it is the same. Not building a fence is against the law. They passed the law several times that said we must build a fence but barry has said nope we are not going to build one. That is one of many laws he has broken

      • I agree. It’s an invasion either way and our government is letting them do it. Like a Mexican leader said in California “We will take over this country without firing a shot.”

      • Just the same way that the communists want to destroy us the very same way. The muslims are destroying Great Britain the very same way. Like a cancer from within

      • Yes, exactly the same way. Devastation is what the U.S. is looking at and I’m sure B.O. will see it through to the end helping pave the way for them.

      • Here are several, take your pick and there’s more:

        Richard Alatorre, Los Angeles City Council. “They’re afraid we’re going to take over the governmental institutions and other institutions. They’re right. We will take them over . . . We are here to stay.”

        Excelsior, the national newspaper of Mexico , “The American Southwest seems to be slowly returning to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot.”

        Professor Jose Angel Gutierrez, University of Texas ; “We have an aging white America . They are not making babies. They are dying. The explosion is in our population . . . I love it. They are shitting in their pants with fear. I love it.”

        Art Torres, Chairman of the California Democratic Party, “Remember 187–proposition to deny taxpayer funds for services to non-citizens–was the last gasp of white America in California .”

        Gloria Molina, Los Angeles County Supervisor, “We are politicizing every single one of these new citizens that are becoming citizens of this country . . . I gotta tell you that a lot of people are saying, “I’m going to go out there and vote because I want to pay them back.”

        Mario Obledo, California Coalition of Hispanic Organizations and California State Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare under Governor Jerry Brown, also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, ” California is going to be a Hispanic state. Anyone who doesn’t like it should leave.”

        Jose Pescador Osuna, Mexican Consul General, “We are practicing ‘La Reconquista’ in California .”

        Professor Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University ; “We need to avoid a white backlash by using codes understood by Latinos . . . “

      • So how much does Soros pay you to be here. 5 cents an hour? because you and your opinions aren’t worth anything

      • eadtuff – it’s the left wing anti-American haters like you who asked me to provide you with actual comments made by Mexican leaders who’ve said anti-American, “we will take it over without firing a single shot”. So, I provided a list a few postings below this one, yet here you are…trying to discredit what The_Patriot said. People like you are easily exposed, like taking candy from a baby.

    • I believe the 93% of illegal aliens here from Mexico sending their money back is Mexico’s 2nd largest revenue. Not to mention the financial aid they get from us, in addition to food stamping, educating and paying for their health care – I’d say Mexico wins and U.S. citizens and LEGAL immigrants are screwed!

    • I have no doubts about our military men and women – the real heroes of our country. We need to bring them back and put them on our borders and other ports of entry. A Viet Nam veteran once said to me that President Obama was weakening our military to make it easier for another country to take us over. I believe him. That START II Treaty should NEVER have been passed.

  4. Sad when the United States Government doesn’t bother to take our National Security or Sovereignty seriously. It’s all a joke on citizens and legal immigrants.

    • I think most of our politicians stay drunk all the time. That’s why they vote so badly against the USA.


  6. Our President needs to GROW a pair and get this boy and ANY other captive Americans home where they belong!

  7. Use to be nice to visit Mexico, spend the day sightseeing and at their markets and SPENDING MONEY IN THEIR COUNTRY. Nowadays tho, we stay here at home on the U.S. side of the border because Mexico has become so dangerous and Mexico (and their people) are STILL getting OUR MONEY.

    • it’s pretty rich to blame mexicans for their country being dangerous, considering that we’re the ones who buy all of the drugs they sell and sell them all of the guns they use to kill eachother

      • yeah, there were no guns in mexico before 2008. and the 1300 guns from fast and furious were responsible for every murder in mexico. lol

      • We’ll never really know…just like obama, Holder isn’t talking. Come to think about it, obama and hillary have never told us the truth about Benghazi yet, either. Neither one took a 3am call, valerie jarrett is probably the one that gave the “stand down” order that ended up costing the lives of Americans in Benghazi. obama and his administration are….lying, cold-hearted murderers.

      • Uh, I think we know that those guns weren’t responsible for every murder in mexico. come on lol.

      • Eadtuff, citizens are always to blame – no matter what country it is. It begs the question, when the Mexican/Columbian Drug Cartels started taking over your country, your government why didn’t 20+ million illegal aliens stay in their country and fight for it instead of coming to OURS to march in the streets, with your hands out DEMANDING jobs, benefits and services oh yes and “LEGALIZATION?”

  8. All of the border states should immediately begin some very much needed infrastructure work on their roads leading to Mexico. They should not allow any traffic into Mexico from the US. These much needed projects should continue until the Sgt. is released. These projects would be part of the “shovel ready projects” that have been called for by the CIC. How long do you think these projects would continue before the release of the Sgt.?

  9. hell no to any sense or form of amnesty for those entered this country illegally! If Obama does not have the balls to implement the loss of this nation then I say impeached and prosecute the son of a bitch!

  10. A country gone completely mad. What the heck is this congress doing about this? Looks like little or nothing. Vote these bums out of office in 2014 and 2016. Enough!

  11. I think the US should send a bill to Mexico for their people in jails. Life in American jails are is far better than any life they would have in the Mexico anyway.
    A couple months ago, the Mexician pres filed a complaint bec Texas put to death a Mexican national who just do happened killed two American women.
    I pissed myself laughing

    • I got a better idea. Why don’t a few hundred of we the veterans just go on down there and fetch him. It would be a cake walk.

      • True, but then we’d be racist to the people of Mexico who invaded our country illegally, who might just rush back to defend Mexico. Then all that’s left…mine the hell out of the border 😀

  12. Perhaps a hashtag alert ought to be sent to Mexico to release our Marine.
    The obama’s seem to think that works on thugs. NOT. The obama administration are bunch of pantywaists!

  13. Not very smart are they? Should have turned them over to the Mexican authorities as soon as possible to be put in one of Mexico prisons! How many times is this administration going to slap us in theface and nothing be done about it?

    • Yet OUR government lets a US Marine rot in a mexican jail without ANY protest. What is WRONG with this picture?! Our spineless presidante does NOTHING. But I bet obamy will not be late for another vacation on OUR DIME!

  14. Let’s just face it, 99% of our politicians are gutless and useless. Led by a man who is more useless than all of them put together.

  15. Here is a quaint idea place the First Marine Division on the border with orders
    to shoot any illegal coming across the border. If the Mexican army wants to stick
    their nose into it then it sucks to be them. If we had a President that had a pair
    He would let the Mexican President know that We are closing all tourism in his
    cesspool country as well as cutting off ALL Aid to Mexico most of which is being
    stolen by the government anyway.

    • Hey I like your idea, it would keep our borders “secure”…..but hell if we are doing that, why don’t we employ all veterans to stand guard on our boarders, “both north and south”..I am pretty sure that any veteran would do that in a less than a heart beat for AMERICA!!!

    • If the US stopped the transfer of $$$$$ from America to Mexcio, we would get their attention. Money from illegals to their families in Mexico, account for the largest source of income in Mexico.

  16. maybe if this marine was a registered democrat, they would get him released. it seems they will do anything for a vote

  17. Anyone up for going and getting him? MEANWHILE we have a president doing NOTHING for this Marine and doing EVERYTHING to break OUR laws by releasing Illegal aliens that are VIOLENT FELONS back onto OUR streets and doing everything possible to accommodate illegal aliens but He REFUSES to aggressively pursue rights and security for OUR AMERICANS? IMPEACH this SOB and throw ALL the illegals OUT

    Btw: YES I am a Marine Sgt, 1st Mar Div!

  18. Elections have consequences and oh my are we reaping the devastating effects of ours….. as the mother of an active duty son, this is bone chilling and beyond sad for all parents/friends/spouses/siblings of our US military. What a break to the morale of our country to know that our leaders are so docile and spineless that we can’t manage to break one US Marine out of a Mexican jail. Even I didn’t think it could get this bad. Sadly I was mistaken. Utterly disgusting.

  19. A REAL president would have sent troops over there to get him out. Instead, we have Pansy Obammy, a spineless COWARD. It’s a shame that liberals still support this parasitic waste of life. It’s pathetic that they are too ignorant, delusional and brainwashed to know that our country has been screwed by the biggest SCAM ever perpetrated on U.S. soil.

  20. I smell a rat. Just as with the cattle rancher, this is an OUTRAGE on its face. So low is my trust and respect for the people running my country that I have come to EXPECT a trap from them. Tread carefully, Col West. These people are without honor and nothing is beneath them.

  21. two set of rules one for americans and none for illegals. know respect for or laws. out in the cold love our America god help us. fly old glory ,and pray. hope god is watching.

  22. Texas used to have a border watch camera system so that people could observe people crossing over the border. I have observed hundreds of illegals crossing the border in rafts. One area showed as many as 3 rafts crossing the river daily at a certain time. Normally around 5:00PM EST there would almost always have as many as 3 rafts circling this small Island and then landing on the American side of the river.

  23. Lets go America to twiter to the president of mexico to FREE Sargent Andrew Tahmooressi at Enrique Pena Nieto @EPNMexico to free him NOW

  24. This government is destroying the country from within. By inviting illegals, they are the ‘barbarians’ that come in to ‘clean up’ with rape pillage and plunder.

    • I don’t know where you have been, but President Reagan gave 100’s of 1,000 illegals amnesty and promised American to close the boarders, which money was taken away from that project and towers were erected with cameras…like that was supposed to stop people from crossing the boarder. Every President since Reagan has done nothing to close the boarders!

  25. It is illegal to carry weapons in your vehical in Mexico unless you are a member of the DRUG CARTEL then you just pick up your gun and blow the police away!

  26. President Reagan gave thousands amnesty and promised Americans they would close the boarders! And nothing was done because of “no funding” for the project. Americans have been complaining to every ADMINISTRATION since and still nothing is being done! So DON’T be stupid and say it is only this administration when it has been as on going problem and concern with every president since the 80’s

    • Creta, President Reagan had a Democratic Party in control
      that spent hand over fist for their foreign pet projects,
      grew the number of govn employees exponentially, and
      funded big crony socialist projects in the U.S.
      The Democratic Party promised funding for a wall
      at our border and stronger defense.
      Just like President B. Hussein O. they promised
      lots of good management and results, but
      apparently were unable to do it.

  27. Disgusting indeed.
    He needs to be released.
    Mexico is a no gun/ bullet country. I lived in Hidalgo which borders Raynosa, Mexico, and they have always enforced that law. Still not right

    . Our war hero should be released and apologized to .I pray for his release.

  28. The leftists are building their own Army out of criminals. They know US Soldiers won”t fire on their own people. You can bet these AH”s they”ve released are On Call when needed.

  29. Why waste time and money on legalities? Hire some soldiers of fortune to bust him out, pronto. Have them leave a nice message for Mexican “authorities” and American as well.

  30. Well it seems that DUDE has been to mexico before….seems that DUDE was caught in a LIE! Seems that he is going to be there for a WHILE!

  31. He’s one of our guys and a Marine, so we must get him back. BUT, when we do we need to check him out very carefully. My bones are telling me that he was up to no good. I feel that he’s bad. If so, he should be made to repay the US for what he has cost it.

  32. Utterly disgusting is telling a vet that sacrificed her legs in combat for our country that you question her loyalty to the country just because she agreed to sit on one of the Benghazi panels. Sickening Pondscum is telling her that on Memorial Day.

  33. Why is no one pushing to make E verify mandatory? Properly deployed E verify will cause self deportation even as it forces employers to pay more. I know this would work because I am an employer in the construction arena. Deploy E verify PROPERLY and the illegals will leave and wages will rise and our border patrol will be able to better handle security at the borders. The law of supply and demand vs wages works well when the illegal is removed from the equation.

  34. It is illegal to drive around with loaded guns in California. What about that? Why is this even a government issue? Why is this news? In 29 Palms, my husband had to give a lecture on things in California. They are told about Mexico, the border, the gun laws, etc. He shouldn’t be given a pass because he was a Marine. He should have known better because he was a Marine.

    • He was transporting legally owned weapons to his new duty station! He wasn’t “driving around with loaded guns” as you so derisively put it. The president is his commander in chief and therefore should use the weight of his office to have the case expedited at the very least!

    • he made a WRONG turn into Mexico (he wasn’t going there) he just got back from Afghanistan! The signs (which a crack head created) were so ambiguous, it would be the equivalent of making a turn onto the Belt Parkway and you actually went TOWARDS traffic instead of with it. i.e. the wrong way. Happened to me. 🙁 This is an INNOCENT person being TORTURED for nothing. If our President, the leader of the free world, commander in chief, had any NI99A balls he would DEMAND his release. OR, if the Marines had any balls they would GO GET HIM! trk387

  35. I say inform the Mexican government if they do not release him immediately they can have their 20 million plus illegals back PERIOD!!!!!


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