After more than 200 days trapped in a Mexican prison Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is finally home no thanks to the inaction of the Obama administration.
On Friday a Mexican judge ordered the American hero released and returned to the U.S., reported Fox News.
Tahmooressi, 26, has been held since March 31 since he said he accidentally traversed the border with three legal and registered guns in his truck. The judge freed Tahmooressi without making a decision on the charges against him, according to family spokesman Jonathan Franks.
His family released a statement Friday night. “It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in a Mexican jail. He is back on American soil and will shortly resume treatment for both his pre-existing combat related PTSD and the residual effects of months of incarceration – which has taken a toll on him far worse than his two tours in Afghanistan.”
In response to Marine Sgt Tahmooressi’s release from a Mexican prison, #Obama to release selfie of Obama looking at the Mexican border.
— LimeInDaCoconut (@EgoAenigma) November 1, 2014
I wonder if Obama will bring Marine Sgt. #Tahmooressi to the WH for a hug? I hope the Sergeant punches O in the jaw. — Oliver Jolin (@TransplantHeart) November 1, 2014
— Jonathan Franks (@LucidJonFranks) November 1, 2014
According to Fox News,” Tahmooressi’s release came only after a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ).”
Some members of Congress also reacted to the news.
“I am elated that Sgt. Tahmooressi has been ordered released from jail in Mexico. This is great, but overdue, news. I am pleased that both Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam and the judge on the case recognize that Sgt. Tahmooressi did not intend to violate Mexican law, and that his combat-related PTSD should be treated by specialists in the United States,” Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif said.
Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said “I am thrilled that Sergeant Tahmooressi has been released from prison in Mexico. We have waited long enough. As a mother, my heart is with Jill Tahmooressi tonight and I can only imagine the many emotions she must be experiencing, namely the relief in knowing her son is coming home and that they will soon be reunited without prison bars, without handlers and without unnecessary travel.”
Welcome home, soldier!
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