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Petition to demand release of former Marine held in Mexico hits threshold for White House response

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A petition demanding the release of a former Marine jailed in Mexico has garnered the required number of signatures to deserve a White House response.

The petition calling on the U.S. government to demand the release of Andrew Tahmooressi had 118,840 signatures as of noon Monday. The goal for a White House response is 100,000.

Tahmooressi, who served in Afghanistan, was arrested March 31 after accidentally crossing the Mexican border with weapons in his vehicle. Mexican officials say they believe he was smuggling weapons into the country. His next court appearance is set for June 4.

His case has provoked outrage among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, among them Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who was among 21 members of Congress who sent a May 7 letter to Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam asking that Tahmooressi's case be dismissed. "He is a Marine Corps veteran who served his country honorably, and simply got lost in an area that he was unfamiliar with," the letter said. Secretary of State John Kerry has also indicated he is working with Mexican counterparts to establish a fact pattern.

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