Congressman Allen West today sided with his fellow Republican Congressmen, Duncan Hunter and Michael Grimm, in asking that Americans boycott travel to Mexico until detained Marine Corp veteran Jon Hammar is released from jail. Hammar has been jailed in a Mexican prison on a bogus weapons charge.
Apparently, Mexican officials do not seem willing to release Hammar, citing that “Mexico has had very stringent gun-control laws in place for many years, and have reinforced their application as a result of the flow of weapons illicitly purchased in the U.S. and then trafficked into Mexico and into the hands of transnational criminal organizations.”-Fox News
Until U.S. Marine Jon Hammar is released, I am calling on all Americans to cancel their vacations to Mexico and not to book any travel there,” Grimm said, calling Hammar’s treatment at the hands of Mexican officials an “absolute disgrace.”
“Hammar honorably served our country as a U.S. Marine, and we should be doing all we can to bring this innocent hero home…Marines always follow one rule: Never leave a man behind. As a fellow Marine, I will not leave Jon Hammar behind in Mexico, even if it means I have to go there myself to get him and bring him home” -Rep. Grimm