A resolution approved yesterday by the Oklahoma House of Representatives urges the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense to “utilize the full extent of their resources” to expediently guarantee the release of wrongfully imprisoned U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican prison.
House Resolution 1069 will now be sent from the Oklahoma Secretary of State to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress, each member of the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Defense.
State Rep. John Bennett, author of the resolution, said the U.S. Department of State has been “dragging their feet.”
“It is deplorable that the U.S. government works hard to release convicted felons who are also illegal immigrants back into the U.S., but they can’t force the immediate release of a U.S. Marine who has seen numerous combat tours in Afghanistan,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “It makes you wonder about their priorities.”
The resolution notes that Tahmooressi has served three combat tours in Afghanistan and is currently incarcerated in the La Mesa Penitentiary in Tijuana, Mexico. It also notes that the Marine mistakenly crossed the border between the U.S. and Mexico with legal firearms in his possession and was charged for weapons trafficking.
“Andrew Tahmooressi was confused due to road and checkpoint closures and ended up taking the final exit to the El Chaparral inspection area,” Bennett said. “He isn’t a weapons trafficker. He was moving from Florida to California and took a wrong turn.”