The Washington Times - December 20, 2012, 03:13PM

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and Marine combat veteran, called on Americans Thursday to boycott Mexico until that nation releases Jon Hammar, a former U.S. marine, from prison.

Mr. Hunter also said he is prepared to go to Mexico personally to demand Mr. Hammar’s release.


Mexican authorities are holding Mr. Hammer on weapons charges after he carried his grandfather’s antique shotgun across the border into Mexico in August.

Photos from Matamoros state prison show Mr. Hammar shackled to his bed.

“Getting this Marine out of prison and home to his family must be a priority,” Mr. Hunter said. “Marines don’t leave each other behind, and I’m willing to do whatever I can to see that he comes home safely.”

He also said he wanted to see the U.S. State Department take a more active role in trying to win the man’s release.