By: Chris Warren.
I will be posting my regularly scheduled blog article later this weekend.
For now, unfortunately, the issue of Unites States Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi is now into its second month and has not been resolved. You can read my original blog article on this topic here and the first follow up here.
I define “resolved” as nothing less than Tahmooressi being released from the Mexican prison he is in and sent back to the United States.
This is so beyond acceptable, I didn’t even know where to begin the rant. Then it occurred to me that ranting and yelling at the TV will accomplish absolutely zero.
I am taking further action by asking everyone to contact the Mexican embassy in Washington DC and urge them to end this disaster NOW.
I will even make this easy to do:
For starters, please repost this, spread it around, and get it going.
You can copy and paste the letters below and email the Mexican embassy by clicking here http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/eua/index.php/en/contact-us
It is also preferred that you print both letters and snail mail them to the Mexican ambassador to the United States. Email is nice, but no one ever tripped over a bag of email.
The Spanish translation was done by a native speaker I personally know and trust. It has been verified for accuracy and protocol.
If you decide to write your own message, DO NOT: threaten, use sarcasm or cultural insults, criticize the Mexican government, or its system of justice, or its officials, or give ultimatums.
Act respectfully, as if you are asking a very big favor from a powerful person, because that’s exactly what you are doing.
Being a jerk is not going to solve the problem any faster and may in fact cause it to take longer.
The goal is to get Tahmooressi home. If that means kissing some ass, then I’m up for it.
Here are the English and Spanish letters:
His Excellency Eduardo Medina Mora
The Ambassador of Mexico
1911 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
Dear Mr. Ambassador:
I am a citizen of the United States contacting you regarding the urgent matter of United States Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.
On March 30, 2014, Sgt. Tahmooressi lost his way driving through southern California in the USA and by mistake drove into Mexico.
He was subsequently arrested by Mexican police for the three firearms he had in his vehicle.
The guns are legal in the United States; Tahmooressi made an honest mistake and meant to break no Mexican laws by entering your country with them. I feel his arrest and detention is unwarranted.
I am appealing to Mexico’s goodwill and traditionally positive relationship between our two nations to strongly request that you use the influence of your position to urge your government to release Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi back to the United States immediately.
Thank you, respectfully,
(type your name and contact info here)
Estimado señor Embajador,
Soy un estadounidense americano contactandolo sobre el urgente problema del sargento estaudonidense llamado Andrew Tahmooressi.
En el dia 30 de marzo del 2014 el sargento Tahmooressi perdio su camino manejando sobre el sur de California en los Estados Unidos y por error entro en territorio Mexicano.
El, erroneamente fue arrestado por las autoridades mexicanas por traer 3 armas de fuego en su vehiculo.
Las armas de fuego estan registradas legalmente en los Estados Unidos; Tahmooressi cometio un error injustamente y nunca fue su intencion burlar las leyes civiles de Mexico por entrar al pais con las armas de fuego. Siento que su arresto es indebido y fuera de lugar.
Estoy apelando con el estado de Mexico y con la estraordinaria posicion que tienen con Estados Unidos para que por favor y con toda influenzia con su posicion puedan liberar al sargento Andrew Tahmooressi de regreso a los Estados Unidos de America immediatamente.
Con todo el respeto, les doy las gracias por su ayuda.
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