Many have heard about the situation a Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi got into one night at the border of the US and Mexico. The story is he took a wrong turn, and ended up at the border, with guns in his car. He ended up being arrested and thrown in a Mexico jail.
People started asking why, and Mexico’s attitude towards the US veteran has been terrible at best. Especially considering how Mexico has scolded the US about treatment of illegals crossing the border. Now a petition was started and collected more than 134,000 signatures.
The White House finally replied with the following letter:
The U.S. State Department continues to provide extensive consular assistance to Mr. Tahmooressi, and will do so until his case is resolved. As in all cases when a U.S. citizen is arrested overseas, our goal is to see that Mr. Tahmooressi is treated fairly during the judicial process with the hope that he can receive the support, both emotional and medical, that he may require now and at the conclusion of the proceedings.
Mexico is one of the United States’ most important partners. We have close economic and cultural ties, and we work closely with them on numerous sensitive issues. While we will not go into detail about our private diplomatic discussions on this case, U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, have spoken to Mexican officials at the highest levels regarding Mr. Tahmooressi’s case.
Mexican authorities have been very willing to engage on this issue. They have provided prompt and continued consular access and visitations. As a result, the State Department has been able to provide regular updates on Mr. Tahmooressi’s condition to his family, Members of Congress, and the press.
We respect the rule of law and expect the judicial process of sovereign nations to protect other U.S. citizens who might find themselves in similar circumstances in the future. We will continue to monitor the case and work with the Mexican authorities as this case proceeds through the Mexican judicial system. We continue to urge the Mexican authorities to process this case expeditiously.
The response is at best, terrible. It is a very generic response showing the detachment of this administration towards US citizens. The very fact it took this petition and over 134,000 signatures to even get a response shows the lack of administration’s willingness to get involved.
They are more concerned with granting amnesty to millions of illegals than the plight of one US citizen who took a wrong turn at night.