Watters' World: Mexico edition

Jesse Watters presents a petition for the release of imprisoned Marine to the Mexican consulate


This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," June 4, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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O'REILLY: "Watters World" segment tonight. As promised, we gave Jesse a petition signed by almost 200,000 of you. Asking the Mexican government to release Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, from a prison where he has been held for more than two months. As you may know Tahmooressi entered Mexico in a vehicle containing three firearms which were legal here in the USA, but not in Mexico. That was a dumb thing to do. But we believe it was an accident and he should not be subjected to this ordeal. So Watters took the petition to the Mexican consulate here in New York City.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: There is a decorated Marine in their jail since April 1st.

STEVE FIORINA: He planned to meet a friend for dinner here in Santa Cedro (ph), instead he drove too far into Mexico and into trouble.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: U.S. Marine being held in Mexico, new calls to the State Department to step in, get involved and secure the release of Andrew Tahmooressi.

WATTERS: Have you heard about this Marine, Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi who has been detained for two months in Mexico?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I just heard that last week the fact is that if you don't have a Mexican firearm permit and you carry weapons in Mexico territory that's illegal.

WATTERS: He has been stripped, shackled, and beaten, is that also in the Mexican constitution?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, that is not.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I'm not surprised.

WATTERS: You are not surprised he has been mistreated?


WATTERS: Is that how prisoners are usually treated in Mexico?


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I don't think that's legal in any country at all.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: They are very harsh over there. So, there's never really something you can do. The government has to help if they want him out.

WATTERS: Mexican nationals do cross the southern border into the United States, wave after wave after wave. And we give them healthcare, we give them food stamps. This American accidently crossed into Mexico and now they are detaining him and abusing him. How does that make sense?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No, it doesn't make any sense. I never said it was making sense.

WATTERS: You would like to see the Marine released?


WATTERS: We are trying to deliver a petition to the general counsel, OK?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: All right. Let me make a phone call for I could get you the guy.

WATTERS: Thank you very much. I'm Jesse Watters, I'm with the "O'REILLY FACTOR" at Fox News channel. I have a petition here. 180,000 signatures from Americans urging the lease of Mr. Tahmooressi.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I will receive it and I will give it to the necessary - to the authorities of Mexico.

WATTERS: OK. Because I would like to deliver it to the Counsel General Sandra Fuentes-Berain. Can I do that?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She is not available in this moment, but I can make sure that she will receive it. No problem.

WATTERS: Because I would personally like to deliver it to her since it's such an urgent matter.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, of course, I mean if you make an appointment.

WATTERS: This will only take a few seconds, I would just like to make sure she has it in her hands, it's very important. Where the Marine was accidently crossing the border.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, I understand that. I will try to see if it's possible.

WATTERS: I would like to deliver this petition to you.

MARCELA CELORIO: Of course, I will get it, yes, sure.

WATTERS: This is 180,000 signatures from Americans urging the release of the Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi. Are you familiar with him?

CELORIO: Yes, I am. So I will take care of this. And, OK?

WATTERS: And please, you know, in the interest of justice, please make sure this gets the attention and respect that it deserves, OK?


WATTERS: Because you know he has been jailed, beaten, stripped, and detained against his will, so we are just asking your government to show all the due process this situation deserves.

CELORIO: OK. We will receive this and we will send this to the property parties.

WATTERS: Thank you very much, I appreciate that.

CELORIO: You are welcome.


O'REILLY: All right, here is Watters. So they were professional, right?


O'REILLY: The attitude.

WATTERS: Very kind. I think they are going to do it. We talked to them. They are going to deliver it to the ambassador tomorrow.

O'REILLY: You wanted them to go to the ambassador in Washington.


O'REILLY: What's his name again, do you know?

WATTERS: It is Eduardo Moreno (ph).

O'REILLY: OK. And then Moreno will give it to President Nieto in the Mexico City.

WATTERS: Right. Right.

O'REILLY: In the Mexico City. And w0e hope we don't have to get any tougher but we may. Where does the case stand now?

WATTERS: The Marine just fired his last attorney. He just wasn't up to par. They bring in this new guy, he is kind of the corporate guy. He won't talk to me. He is holding a big press conference in Mexico next week. Right now he is re-resetting the case. He is going to go back to the judge shortly and say you know, we need a new hearing. To get a fresh hearing and that's supposed to be later in June.

O'REILLY: All right. So we don't expect him to get out until mid-June or something?

WATTERS: If he gets out. The State Department says they are going to let the process play out.

O'REILLY: Yeah, yeah, yeah. All right. We have to decide how aggressive we want to be on the terrorism front on this deal. But we will stay on it for sure. No doubt about it. Jesse, thank you. We have a Bill O' poll question for you. Will you travel to Mexico in light of all the problems down there? Yes or no. It's an interesting poll so far. We'll give you the results on Friday. And that's what we can do, you know, obviously if they are not going to let the guy out or do due process for him, then we'll have to look at the tourism aspect.

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