SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Marine Corps veteran who has been jailed in Mexico for more than a month has been moved to a different facility east of Tijuana.
For Jill Tahmooressi, getting her son Andrew back home to the United States is a daily struggle. But, she says it's getting easier.
Just this past weekend, the Marine Corps combat veteran was transferred from the La Mesa Prison to a more secure facility called
El Ango, located 40 miles east of Tijuana.
"He feels safe because he's in a single cell with a guard," Jill Tahmooressi said.
In another recent development, Congressman Duncan Hunter issued two new letters Monday, one asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to suspend military training and equipment assistance to Mexico, another requesting information from homeland Security regarding
Mexican military and law enforcement incursions on the border.
"He's been hitting the pavement, keeping Andrew's voice out there," Jill Tahmooressi said.
Andrew has been in Mexico since early April. He told his mom he wound up there after missing his exit while meeting a friend for
dinner in San Ysidro.
He just moved to San Diego to receive treatment for PTSD and had most of his belongings in his truck -- including three registered guns -- at the time of his arrest. But some Mexican media outlets are reporting customs officials say Andrew crossed over on purpose and never told them he had made a mistake or that he was in the military.
"There would be no reason why he would want to go into Mexico when he was afraid to walk the sidewalks in America," Jill Tahmooressi said.
We decided to see how difficult or easy it is to miss the last USA exit. The signs are big, but if you pass it, the place to turn around is
hard to see. It's merely a small u-turn sign on the ground with a gate in front that has to be lifted by a customs agent in a booth.