In a recent visit to California, invited there by California Governor Jerry Brown, Peña Nieto had the audacity to criticize unethical governors in the United States who had cracked down on migrants, saying that immigration reform is a matter of justice. Justice? Does this man really know the meaning of justice?
Justice would be for him as president and governors of the many states of Mexico to provide a better living, jobs and benefits for their countrymen so they can stay in their own country instead of going someplace else demanding the supposed rights Mr. Peña Nieto claims they have.
Justice would be to give his countrymen all the support they need to stay in Mexico and rebuild their birth soil, instead of bragging behind a microphone how they have helped to rebuild our country.
Justice is the immediate release of United States Marine Corps Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, who has been held in a Mexican prison for over 150 days.
Sgt. Tahmooressi, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), after two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was fighting not only for our Americans’ safety and freedom, but also for the safety of Mr. Peña Nieto’s countrymen residing in the united States. Sgt. Tahmooressi crossed the border by accident and was unable to make a U-turn; he explained to Mexican authorities that he had three guns in the back of his truck (legally licensed in the United States). He was denied a request to turn around and was instead arrested. Justice? Justice would have been to allow Sgt. Tahmooressi to turn around and allow him to go home. The same way when Peña Nieto’s military crosses the border in violation of the United States law with fully automatic assault weapons, our border patrols don’t arrest them, but instead send them back home the same way they came in.
Mexico’s Consul General in San Francisco, Andres Roémer, had the cynicism to say last week during an interview with Breitbart News that he believes Sgt. Tahmooressi could be released sooner or later. Of course, if it was not to be sooner, eventually it will be later.
Mr. Roémer also said, “We have to respect the judicial system in Mexico just as in the States. We have to respect what the judge will actually do.”
He is right; the judicial system of Mexico must be respected, but we demand the same respect for our judicial system. When a U.S. Judge rules against one of his countrymen, we don’t want to see or hear any commotion, the same way we are not allowed to rally, march and protest on behalf of our Marine.
Well, I guess Mr. Peña Nieto is probably thinking that if the United States president is sitting on his… we’ll say, for lack of nicer words… phrase, “No Military Left Behind,” why should he care?
If the president of Mexico can come here under the warm embrace of California Governor Brown and claim and brag about justice, it is time for him to learn more about the real meaning of justice and free Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi immediately — not sooner or later as the Mexican Consul said, claiming that he doesn’t know because he is not the judge.
The president of each nation is responsible for the well-being of their countrymen and should work for the benefit of their nationals, instead of throwing the tab on the shoulders of others.