Protest in San Diego for Marine jailed in Mexico

SAN DIEGO - A day-long protest was taking place Wednesday in San Diego in support of a former Marine imprisoned in Mexico for allegedly attempting to cross the border with firearms.

The Minuteman Project was holding what it termed an assembly outside the Mexican Consulate 1549 India St. in the Little Italy between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This comes after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in on the situation this week, saying in an interview with Fox News she would have been aggressive in the case.

"I can tell you what I would be doing,” Clinton said. “I'd be burning up the telephone wires, sending envoys -- not just our ambassador, but others coming in -- and talking to the highest levels of Mexican officials: Making it clear that this is really important to us."

On March 31, 25-year-old Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi was arrested after he drove into Mexico with three U.S. registered firearms. He claims he missed the final U-turn just before the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Tahmooressi was arrested for bringing guns into the country, and later, for trying to escape.

Tahmooressi and his mother Jill initially stated he had just moved to San Diego, and this was the first time he had ever tried to cross into Mexico. However, that story began to unravel after Mexican media reports surfaced alleging that he had crossed the border several times prior.

Last month, his mother changed the story. Jill said Tahmooressi actually walked into Mexico earlier on the day of his arrest to get lunch, then crossed back to get his truck. She told 10News that her son's attorney directed Tahmooressi to tell Mexican prosecutors that he had never crossed the border.

Jill said Tahmooressi -- who completed two tours in Afghanistan -- had moved to San Diego from Florida several months prior to his arrest to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

Tahmooressi has since fired his lawyer and hired a new federal attorney that specializes in international criminal law.

“I don't know what they're going to do to help me,” Tahmooressi said in an interview with CNN earlier this month regarding the U.S. intervention. “I think if they do help me, it's probably just going to be behind the scenes and not too many people, or anyone -- the public, isn't going to know about it.”

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