At the time of his arrest, Tahmooressi was in possession of three legally registered guns. The guns were safely stored in his truck, so the Marine was no reckless lawbreaker trying to commit crimes in Mexico. Instead, he just entered Mexican territory by mistake and should have been allowed to immediately return to the United States, no questions asked.
Instead, he has been in custody, obviously mistreated and being used as some sort of a bargaining chip by the Mexican government. In the past few weeks, Tahmooressi has been subjected to regular beatings, verbal harassment and was even chained to his bed.
Upon his arrest, Tahmooressi told the Mexican authorities about the guns and followed their instructions. His polite cooperation was ignored by a Mexican military official, who seemed intent on bringing the Marine to prison. According to Tahmooressi, the officer made a calculation that “three guns…equals prison.”
Right after his arrest, Tahmooressi was frantic and worried that he “would be raped and killed.” He tried to escape, but was caught and then tortured. He was hit until he his jaw was dislocated and he was “gasping for air.” He was also stepped on, stripped naked, and immobilized.
The treatment was so harsh; Tahmooressi began to worry about his loved ones and was truly “afraid for my family.” Eventually, the media picked up on the case and this attention has forced Mexican authorities to stop their barbaric treatment.
It is outrageous that one of our heroes is undergoing this type of unacceptable detention and mistreatment. His only crime was making a wrong turn, not trying to enter Mexico illegally.
It is quite a contrast to see how Mexico handles Americans who enter their country illegally versus how we treat Mexican illegal immigrants. Millions of these illegal aliens receive government benefits and are able to secure employment. In fact, with the President’s unilateral adoption of the Dream Act, youngsters from Mexico who illegally enter the country never have to worry about being deported.
With this outrage, it is high time that President Obama made a phone call to the Mexican President and demanded that Tahmooressi be released within the hour. We have plenty of leverage with Mexico. Obama should threaten to complete the border fence if Tahmooressi is not released. He could also threaten to start immediately deporting all illegal immigrants from Mexico.
Sadly, it seems that President Obama has not really taken any concrete action. In fact, he may claim that he only discovered this incident on the news, similar to his discovery of the VA scandal.
The total lack of urgency is unacceptable. Until our Marine is safely returned to our country, relations with Mexico should be strained to say the least. A real superpower would not allow one of its soldiers to be improperly detained. If we are still a world superpower, it is time we started acting like one.