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California Lawmakers Protest Visit by Mexican President



    File image of Tahmooressi taken while he was in Mexican custody in May 2014.

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto is scheduled to address state lawmakers as he finishes a two-day visit to California, but not all members of the Legislature are in a welcoming mood.

    At least three Republicans have rejected Tuesday's lunch invite from Gov. Jerry Brown to protest Mexico's incarceration of a Marine.

    State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a former gubernatorial candidate, is joining a protest outside the historic Stanford Mansion, where the lunch will be held, demanding the release of former U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi.

    Mexican officials say they found a rifle, shotgun, pistol and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in the pickup truck driven into Mexico by Tahmooressi on April 1.

    Supporters say Tahmooressi made a wrong turn into Mexico and was detained.

    Other Republicans have criticized the plans to protest.

    Later Tuesday, Pena Nieto will address a joint-session of the Legislature.