Obama failing to secure release of Marine in Mexico

July 17, 2014 

Barack Obama is overlooking the law, and ignoring the safety and well-being of an American citizen and U.S. Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. Sgt. Tahmooressi has been sitting in a Mexican jail since April 1 -- well over three months!

SECTION 1732 of the U.S. Code is entitled, "Release of citizens imprisoned by foreign governments."

"Whenever it is made known to the president that any citizen of the United States has been unjustly deprived of his liberty by or under the authority of any foreign government, it shall be the duty of the president forthwith to demand of that government the reasons of such imprisonment; and if it appears to be wrongful and in violation of the rights of American citizenship, the president shall forthwith demand the release of such citizen, and if the release so demanded is unreasonably delayed or refused, the president shall use such means, not amounting to acts of war and not otherwise prohibited by law, as he may think necessary and proper to obtain or effectuate the release; and all the facts and proceedings relative thereto shall as soon as practicable be communicated by the president to Congress."

This statute is plain and simple. It basically says this: If a U.S. citizen is wrongfully denied his life or liberty by a foreign government, the president has to act on it.

Maybe Barack Obama is afraid to confront the Mexican government about this. Maybe he just doesn't think that getting Sgt. Tahmooressi out of a Mexican prison is as important as attending a political fundraiser or playing another round of golf.

Peter Stasiowski

Bradenton

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