U.S. Representatives Lee Terry (R-NE) and Duncan Hunter (R-CA) today wrote to Mexican Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo who today is presiding over the hearing of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine who despite having served honorably, is being held in jail for mistakenly crossing the Mexican border with legally owned firearms.
After working in consultation with Sgt. Tahmooressi’s attorney, Reps. Terry and Hunter submitted the letter as evidence of political support in the United States.
“Sgt. Tahmooresi has honorably served our country; having been there when we’ve asked him,” said Terry. “It’s only appropriate Congress voice that he’s held in good standing by his own country. I’m pleased to work with Duncan and other members of the House and give Andrew that voice.”
“After more than 100 days in prison for taking a wrong turn at the border, Andrew has shown immense strength and resolve, and it’s important that he’s reminded that he has unwavering support here at home,” said Hunter. “The Court must also be reminded that Andrew is a Marine Corps veteran who risked his life for his nation and his fellow Marines, and he deserves to have his case quickly and favorable resolved on the basis that he made a simple mistake at the border.”
“We believe the evidence supports Andrew’s claim that he mistakenly entered into Mexico. One of the most compelling pieces of evidence is a 911 call Andrew made at the border checkpoint, where he stated he was unaware of his location” the letter reads.
The bipartisan letter was signed and sent today by 74 members of the House of Representatives.