An American woman whose Marine son is being held in a Mexican prison on weapons charges is pleading with the U.S. government to intervene.
Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, a 25-year-old Marine who served two tours in Afghanistan, said he was heading to dinner in San Ysidro, Calif., on March 31 when he took a wrong turn and wound up at a border crossing point in Tijuana.
Mr. Tahmooressi was jailed after Mexican authorities found three guns inside his truck that he had recently used to move from Florida to San Diego.
His mother, Jill Tahmooressi, said on Fox News Monday that her son is not a criminal and that he had the weapons for his own self-defense.
"He needed those firearms for his own sense of security," she told Greta Van Susteren. "He never — not for any price — would he have sold those guns."
The distraught mother said her son is always complaining of being hungry and that he has run into a lot of issue with the Mexican legal system.
"What is still being asked of him by his legal representative we don't agree with. It's not what we would do in America," she said.
A petition on WhiteHouse.gov has been created for the veteran and Miss Tahmooressi said she hopes President Obama will publicly respond.
"His commander in chief is President Obama, so I haven't heard from President Obama," she said.
The petition had reached more than 26,000 signatures by noon Tuesday and needs at least 100,000 total for the White House to address it.
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