Tahmooressi case latest example of US foreign policy failure with Mexico


Social media are being used in an effort to free USMC Andrew Tahmooressi. (Facebook page snip: #FreeTahmooressi)

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi will spend Memorial Day weekend in a Mexican prison.

This U.S. Marine isn’t getting the treatment someone who got lost at the southern border would receive upon crossing into the U.S. as a mistake.

Tahmooressi’s case is the latest example of the United States’ failed foreign policy with Mexico.

Mexican troops cross the U.S. border, reportedly in error. Border sources told Fox News it wasn’t “uncommon” for troops “to get lost along the border.” Although the Mexican troops’ crossings are
flagrant violations of U.S. federal law, no charges are filed.

Other than social media, Fox News has been the most active media in advocating for this Marine. Tahmooressi had weapons in his car. He acquired the weapons legally in the U.S.

The possession of weapons probably impacts lack of aggressive coverage by most media, compared to coverage of other stories about Americans stranded in foreign countries.

The administration of President Barack Obama is beholding to the anti-gun lobby, and the president is currently entangled in a notable scandal regarding the VA’s treatment of veterans and deaths as a result of a failed bureaucracy.

Liberty News described Tahmooressi’s service to his country:

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi is a 25-year-old US Marine reservist. He served four years in the Marines and did two tours in Afghanistan before finishing active duty in 2012. He said he was honorably discharged in November 2012, according to the Associated Press.

The Marine’s mother Jill is from Weston, Florida, and he grew up in the Sunshine State.

Tahmooressi took a wrong exit at on a poorly marked stretch of road. He thought he was still in the U.S., and there was no place to turn around anyway. He explained his mistake to officials at the border; he even called 911 shortly before he was arrested. No help or even empathy came from his fellow Americans.

Fox News anchor Greta van Susteren actually drove the route Tahmooressi drove, and she aired a video of her drive on her TV show. If you watched, it was evident that once you passed the exit Tahmooressi missed, you had no choice—you were destined for Mexico. Signs were poorly placed and easily missed by someone unfamiliar with that stretch of road.

The treatment of Americans who cross accidentally contrasts sharply with the lax policy U.S. authorities force Border agents to follow. Say you’re a “dreamer,” and you get released. As a matter of fact, “catch and release” is the current policy the Obama administration follows where the U.S. southern border is concerned.

This policy enabled the release of more than 36,000 foreign nationals with criminal convictions to be released. Those convictions included rape, murder, and kidnapping cases.

Sec. of State John Kerry said nothing about Tahmooressi for weeks. The administration finally released a statement on Monday. The statement, featured on Van Susteren’s web page, provided facts about the case and the tone showed a disturbing lack of empathy for the Marine and his family.

Mexico has long enjoyed the upper hand in foreign relations with the U.S.

President Vicente Fox made racist comments in 2005 when President George W. Bush was in office. In 2010, under Obama, Mexico president Felipe Calderon actually addressed the U.S. Congress, delivering a scathing indictment of Americans in general and accusing the country of racism as a response to activists urging border security.

Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, actually led Democrats in Congress in wild applause for Calderon’s insults to the American people.

The U.S. continues to have a significant trade deficit with Mexico, and that country’s economy benefits from food stamps handed out to many who are told they don’t even have to disclose their immigration status. Judicial Watch uncovered the corrupt practices of the federal government via a FOIA request in 2013.

In 2013 Mexico even released Rafael Caro Quintero from prison. Quintero was the drug lord who kidnapped and killed DEA agent Enrique Camarena and the agent’s pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar. Quintero was also implicated in the deaths of two Americans prior to Camarena’s death.

Tahmooressi’s hearing is scheduled for May 28.

Former U.S. congressman Alan West commented on the Tahmooressi case:

“So right now what we have are these very neutered, pajama boy leaders, faux leaders in Obama and in Kerry and it’s very embarrassing…It is a sad state of affairs that a Marine is being detained, a combat veteran, who could possibly be suffering from PTSD, who is guilty of nothing.”

West served in the military and he is a tireless advocate for the military.

Mexico’s lack of cooperation on cases that involve honest mistakes by U.S. citizens could have been impacted by another epic U.S. failure—the Obama administration’s gun-running operation at the center of the Fast and Furious scandal. Legacy media didn’t pay much attention to that either.

Current U.S. foreign policy with Mexico is a disaster.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 24, 2014)

About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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2 Responses to Tahmooressi case latest example of US foreign policy failure with Mexico

  1. Jim says:

    I think before we jump on the blame game here. We should ask, what should the US do if an undocumented Mexican is picked up with a truck full of guns?

    • Kay Day says:

      If the guns are legal, they’d probably let him turn his car around. That’s what Tahmooressi wanted to do. He didn’t want to enter Mexico with them. If you watch the video Great van Susteren aired, you’ll see that once you pass that exit, you will have to go onto Mexican soil to turn around and come back to the U.S. The Marine’s guns were legal, and he even called 911 when he realized where he was. At present, the U.S. has the most flexible border policy of just about any country in the world. ‘Catch and Release’ rules the day. Maybe take another look at the column I wrote. I explained the context because I also looked into why he was at the border with weapons. Best, KBD

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