Political figures throughout California including Riverside County are up in arms over Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit with Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Nieto was in the United States on a two-day trip to California, traveling to Sacramento to meet with lawmakers and deliver a speech to the Legislature.
The visit by Nieto is upsetting many government officials who are demanding Nieto free a member of the United States military who has been sitting in a Mexican prison for close to 150 days.
The City of Menifee unanimously passed Resolution No. 14-399 calling upon President Barack Obama to intervene with Nieto for the immediate release of USMC Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail.
“Mr. President, bring our troop home,” wrote Menifee Mayor Scott Mann on a public social media page.
“It is a travesty Obama is not getting this Marine home,” said Mann who is also a retired Naval Officer. “Obama released five terrorists for a traitor and we cannot get our Marine home is absolutely wrong.”
Tahmooressi was in San Diego receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress when he made a wrong turn and ended up at the Mexican border. He informed the border patrol agents he did not want to enter Mexico and he admitted to having three personal firearms that were legally registered in the United States.
He placed a 9-1-1 call to seek help but was informed since he was already in Mexican territory the San Diego authorities could not help him. Since then Tahmooressi has been jailed under what is reported as harsh conditions.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly refused to have lunch with Nieto and other political figures in Sacramento,
“I won’t be dining with Tahmooressi’s captors,” Donnelly told Fox News in a televised interview with Fox News Anchorwoman, Greta Van Susteren. “I will be outside in the streets protesting you (Nieto) along with 500 to 1,000 Americans who want to see our Marine return home.”
Donnelly said he has been getting thousands of calls and emails to his office once people heard he and other politicians are protesting Nieto’s visit.
“Tahmooressi is not a criminal he made a mistake,” Donnelly said.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez went on the Neil Cavuto Show and Carlos Amezcua on KEIB-AM 1150 Monday to discuss her own California State Resolution calling for the release of Tahmooressi.
Nieto’s trip to the Governor’s home came less than a month after Brown visited Mexico City on a four-day trade mission.
Menifee passed Resolution No. 14-399 calling on President Barack Obama to intervene with Nieto for the immediate release of Tahmooressi on August 20.
“We hear about going to bat for illegal aliens and we don’t go to bat for one of our Marines, it isn’t right,” said Mann.