Salmon Visits U.S. Marine Sgt. Tahmooressi in Mexico

May 31, 2014
Press Release

Tijuana, Mexico—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement after visiting U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi at el Hongo II prison in Tijuana, Mexico.

"Today, I had the opportunity sit down with Sgt. Tahmooressi and discuss his treatment by prison personnel and his legal case going forward.  While I’m deeply offended by some of the treatment he received at the hands of prison officials at his previous detainment facility, I’m pleased to report he is doing well and is in good spirits since being relocated to el Hongo II. I also had the opportunity to tour this facility, and I leave confident that he will be treated respectfully.  I also expressed to both prison officials and U.S. consular personnel that his care going forward is of the utmost importance and that our expectations are that when Andrew comes home, he will be in good physical condition. 

“In addition, Sgt. Tahmooressi and I were able to hold a private discussion regarding his case and strategy for his upcoming hearing.  He seems comfortable with his new attorney and is hopeful that he will have a successful hearing where his story will be fully explained.

“I understand the wheels of justice can be slow, but I remain frustrated that this case, which amounts to a U.S. Marine making a wrong turn, has taken so long to resolve.  Andrew has served our country honorably and was in San Diego to receive the scheduled PTSD treatment he desperately needs. It is imperative that we get him home so he can recover.  He is a U.S. Marine, he is ours, and he needs to be home.”   

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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