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Asm. Melendez and Members of the Assembly Republican Caucus Eschew Protest for Face-to-Face with Mexican President
Melendez and 19 of Her Colleagues Hand Delivered a Letter to the Mexican President Demanding the Release of Sgt. Tahmooressi
(Sacramento, CA) – Respected GOP Assemblymember and US Navy Veteran, Melissa Melendez chose to skip the protests outside the Capitol today, to instead hand deliver a demand, signed by 19 other legislators, that the Mexican Government release Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.
“The spirit of this visit is how we can work together and achieve common sense solutions to our problems. A nice starting point would be to pardon and release Sgt. Tahmooressi who is being needlessly detained, contrary to his rights as an American citizen.” said Melendez. “I simply had a different opinion on what I felt would be most effective in achieving a speedy release of Sgt. Tahmooressi. I could have stood outside with the pickets and the cameras but I chose instead to demand the release of our Marine in person.”
Assemblywoman Melendez’s letter to the Mexican President comes on the heels of an Assembly Resolution she co-authored last month and a letter to President Obama two months ago that laid out the legal rationale in US Code for him to take action in securing his release.
Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo, and Winchester.
Paid for by Melissa Melendez for Assembly 2014