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Message to Mexico: Will trade you 10,000 illegal immigrants for Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

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(NaturalNews) Say what you will about former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential contender Sarah Palin: When it comes to making a point, she is clever, biting and usually spot-on.

Her take on the current lawlessness taking place on the U.S. Southwest border, in which tens of thousands of illegal immigrants -- many of them children -- are inundating the services and resources of the Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies, is a case in point.

One of Palin's cause celebres of late has been to hound both the Mexican and American governments regarding Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. In particular, Palin wants the Obama administration to put more pressure on our southern neighbors to release him from a Mexican jail, but so far Mexican authorities have refused to do so.

"Does it seem like a decorated Marine is the only one Obama doesn't want crossing our border?" Palin asked recently on her Facebook page.

'Terrible and unnecessary situation'

As a number of prior media outlets have reported, Tahmooressi accidentally crossed the border from the U.S. into Mexico on March 31 with guns in his truck; private firearm ownership is pretty much banned in Mexico. Since then, Breitbart News has reported, the Marine has been arrested, chained and beaten by Mexican authorities, which is an outrage through and through, considering the vast amount of foreign aid our government provides Mexico City, compliments of the American taxpayer.

In her Facebook post, Palin took no prisoners when contrasting Tahmooressi's unfortunate mistake with the out-of-control illegal alien situation at our own borders, thanks in large part to a unilateral change in policy by President Obama himself, via executive order.

"This terrible and unnecessary situation will likely be resolved via the court system and there is every indication that Sgt. Tahmooressi has a strong case to win, but it's a crapshoot," she wrote. "And it's crappy that more hasn't been done to help free this detained U.S. Marine who's suffered months in a Mexican jail for crossing the [border] into their country with registered arms. We must implore our commander-in-chief to help America's Marine under his command, and help his family with at least having their questions answered."

Palin went on to say, "Perhaps if Sgt. Tahmooressi had deserted his post, his mother would get the red carpet treatment at the White House instead of being ignored," a direct reference to the feting by Obama of the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who allegedly deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, according to members of his own platoon. Bergdahl was held for years by the Taliban; Obama traded five top Taliban commanders that had been held since 2001 at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, military detention facility for Bergdahl in early June, a deal that has been widely criticized.

"Please don't prove this is par for the course for your administration, Mr. President," Palin said. "Let's bring our honorable Marine home."

'More news coming soon'

The Tea Party favorite said she has been "in contact with associates of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi," and she praised Fox News' Greta van Sustren for "covering this story diligently" and traveling the "route our Marine traveled when straying across a highway into Mexico, noting it seems quite easy to end up in Mexico without planning on it, because signage is so poor along the roads."

She also said that, despite the fact that the Marine's mother has had trouble finding quality legal representation for her son, she has finally "acquired a good attorney to present his case and get him released as soon as possible."

Palin noted that "an organization helping Sgt. Tahmooressi will have information for all of us soon, so stay tuned for more info -- I'll get it to you -- and please do what you can to support them in bringing an honorable American son home."

She said that veteran Chad Robichaux, PhD, MBA, is one of the great Americans helping to bring Tahmooressi back. Robichaux works with "Serving California" and is a board-certified pastoral counselor who founded "Mighty Oaks," an associate ministry of Dave Roever's that is notable for its ministry to vets.





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