June 19th, 2014
01:11 PM ET

Hear the Mother of a Jailed U.S. Marine Plead for His Release

The mother of a U.S. Marine sergeant jailed in Mexico said she had failed her son.

Jill Tahmooressi was dissatisfied with the numerous legal teams hired, and felt helpless as Andrew, her son, sits languishing in a Tijuana jail. He was arrested after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with several guns in his car in late March, and has been jailed there since. He insists that he accidentally crossed into Mexico on foot. The guns, Andrew told "New Day" earlier this month, are legally owned, and he says he had no intention of trafficking arms.

The case has yet to be tried before a judge.

Tahmooressi's family and friends also pressed their case in a White House petition that had more than 124,000 signatures - above the mark needed to garner an official government response.

Tahmooressi's frustration was palpable on "New Day" Thursday, when she publicly begged the State Department and President Obama to do something - anything - for her son.

"Please, please talk once again to the attorney general, who has the ability to dismiss this case," Tahmooressi said to CNN's Chris Cuomo.

Prior to his jailing, Andrew, an Afghanistan war veteran, had moved to Southern California to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, his family said.

Meanwhile, Jill Tahmooressi is fearful that Andrew is not receiving the medicine he needs while detained in Mexico.

"There’s a great urgency for him to be released so that he can get the care that’s required,” she said.

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  1. Jacqui

    How much longer is this marine going to have to wait, this case needs to be expedited. this marine served our country honorably. He fought for our freedom, it's time we plea Mexico for his.

    June 20, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply

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