HOUSTON, Texas — The family of the U.S. Marine being held in a Mexican jail for entering Mexico with firearms has denounced the “Shut Down All Ports of Entry” protest planned for this weekend. Event organizers are listing support for Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi as one of the main reasons for this action to shut down the ports of entry between the United States and Mexico. Sgt. Tahmooressi is being held in a Mexican jail for allegedly entering Mexico with firearms in his vehicle.
“The family would like to make clear that we believe any plan to shut down border crossings is not an acceptable way to protest Andrew’s confinement,” wrote Jill Tahmooressi, the mother of the jailed Marine on the family’s official Facebook page. “Demonstrations like this are not legal, not effective and needlessly inconveniences and endangers others, including hard working law enforcement officers and citizens on both sides of the border.”
The protest group plans to target primarily commercial ports of entry between the United States and Mexico. The plan is to block traffic coming off the bridges to delay or stop commercial cargo from coming into the United States from Mexico. It is scheduled to occur at seventeen ports of entry across the southern border from Brownsville, Texas to San Ysidro, California.
Former Marine, Montel Williams, expanded on the family’s comments by stating on his facebook page, “This protest planned for this weekend is entirely unhelpful, will be entirely ineffective and will do nothing more than make the job of those in our government, including the State Department (who have been an incredible support to the family) and Chairman Salmon and Rice who have worked tirelessly for Andrew’s release and who have called a hearing for October 1 before the Foreign Relations Committee,” Williams continued saying, “I know we are all frustrated. To anyone who would disrespect the wishes of the family, I would say simply, how dare you.”
A person close to the Tahmooressi family told Breitbart Texas the family has spoken directly with event organizer Staysi Barth and asked her not to use Sgt. Tahmooressi’s name in association with their protest. They are concerned this could put the Sergeant in danger from retaliation by his jailers in Mexico. They also do not support the idea of encouraging Americans to break American law.
Breitbart Texas reached out to Barth for comment. She was not immediately available to respond to questions. As of this publication date, Sgt. Tahmooressi’s name is still listed on the website as one of the purposes of the protest event.
Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.