Skip to comments.Report: Jon Hammar to be released from Mexican prison today
Posted on 12/21/2012 6:58:27 AM PST by alancarp
DEVELOPING: Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio.
Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison just 15 miles south of the U.S. border since Aug. 13, after he crossed into Mexico and declared an antique shotgun to Mexican customs officials.
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Sweet Home Al Obama works in mysterious ways...
Thanks be to God. I hope he was healed of the trauma that the war has brought upon him. God works in mysterious ways.
G-d willing, this is true.
With all due respect to the Marine, I can not even imagine going to mexico and even less so with anything they might consider jailing one for.
There are places you just don’t go unless it is for battle.
Evidently it took over four months for Mexican leadership to scrape together enough functioning brain cells to determine you don’t declare a weapon to authorities, if you have evil plans, or are doing anything other than what you think you are required to do by the letter of the law.
Confiscate the gun. Expel the individual. Hash the ownership out over time. Don’t imprison the guy for four months.
Talk about stupider than a jumping bean...
Hit them in the pocketbook.
Gotta give FoxNews some kudos on this.
They’ve been pushing it hard and I doubt the lefty media would have even glanced at a Marine carrying a weapon into a foreign country—other than maybe applauding his arrest.
Many US citizens are jailed in Mexico every year for firearms violations. The Mexicans will arrest for even minor things like parts to firearms or ammunition, very fanatical. This is well known on the border and the crossing near me has huge signs warning everyone headed to the border. My cousin guided hunters on hunts in Mexico for 40 years, had all the proper paperwork for firearms- was arrested on one trip anyway. My cousin knew some important people in Mexico and was released in 4 days- he decided to never return to Mexico. Having the right paperwork for one group does not mean other officials will recognize it. Mexico really is a third world country.
At the mercy of Mexican authorities there is no common sense to any part of the process.
I’m sure Obama put this off until this weekend.
Awesome! ‘Bout time we put some muscle behind it.... though frankly, avoiding travel to Mexico is just a good idea in general.
Big props to the Congressmen/women (out friend Duncan Hunter among them) who took up the cause. His cause was finally gaining momentum this week.
Oh, thank God! What a relief for him and his family; Great!
Oh, thank God! What a relief for him and his family; Great!
I have still not seen Obama’s name associated with this case in any manner.
Tammy, or anyone else, how strict are the gun laws in Mexico for their citizens and how is the enforcment?
Hope this is true.
Praise God if it is! Big answer to prayer.
Payback for Fast & Furious, I would guess. Maybe it was all the talk about Americans boycotting travel to Mexico that brought them to their senses.
Doiint business in Mexico has serious consequences, too. Investing in Mexican property carries unexpcted prices.
Actually, by mentioning that abhorrent occupant of the White House, you just reminded me that I needed to change my tagline.
I have still not seen Obamas name associated with this case in any manner.
Q: So, what do we learn from this boys and girls?
A: Don’t go to Mexico.
Oops, sorry for repeat; I hit “Post” button again, because I thought it was stuck!
The Mexicans sell a lot of stuff up here--automobiles, alcoholic beverages, much of the produce available in supermarkets, etc. The threat of a boycott by angry Americans probably smartened them up fast.
Speaking of travel into Mexico, Simply carrying an old expended shell casing in your luggage or automobile glove compartment will put you into a miserable prison.
I’m not convinced that der Fuehrer had much to do with this. I think the driving force was the group of congressmen who were pushing a campaign to kill off the flow of American tourists to the third world craphole called mexico.
Most of the tomatoes you find in supermarkets are grown in Mexico. A boycott of Mexican agricultural products would also hit them hard.
Must have been Whoraldo’s passionate plea this morning on Fox News that made it happen.
Rest assured that Obummer will take credit for the release of Hammar should it really happen.
It seems to have taken a Mexican judge, rather then an impotent State Department.
Of course, the SD couldn’t do anything, as their leader was home sick in bed with a concussion and a bad cold.
If this is F&F related, that’s worse than just general principles IMO.
F&F was despicable. Make a formal complaint and press it at the appropriate venue. Don’t screw over one individual whose plight won’t be known by 85% of our populace.
Perhaps you’re right about the boycotting. I hadn’t heard of a big plan, but Mexico may have feared that eventuality.
Perhaps so. Whatever the case, I’m glad a judge took the right action.
Timing is everything.... especially in politics. This move was a given....Hammar’s release was for when....????
This is all about screwing America and Americans for everything they can.
They dump their welfare, taxpayer sucking sows onto our society, their criminals to overload our prisons and their sexual predators to destroy our women and children.
They thumb their noses at our laws and gleefully jail and torture any jaywalker in their filthy country.
God Bless John Hammar. And thank God for this Christmas present to have him back on American soil and back with his family.
Sadly, I have to agree on all counts.
('Semper Fi' to Representative Duncan Hunter for fighting for Jon Hammar's release.)
Rep. "Hunter calls for Americans to boycott Mexico"
"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."
Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/dec/20/rep-hunter-calls-americans-boycott-mexico/#ixzz2FhcgL94m
Congressman Duncan Hunter shaking hands with some of his Brothers.
Thanks for mentioning that. I appreciate it.
Looks like the son is as good as his father.
100% chance that The Messiah (”Our Lord and Savior”) takes the credit for the Release.....
Praise the Lord.
Rep. “Hunter calls for Americans to boycott Mexico”
What about the rest of the Americans who are in prison? An American boycott on Mexican products may cause a mass release of thos injustly placed in Mexican prisons.
Rep. “Hunter calls for Americans to boycott Mexico”
What about the rest of the Americans who are in prison? An American boycott on Mexican products may cause a mass release of those injustly placed in Mexican prisons.
definitely this - ten thousand times over.
Refreshing to see some leadership in D.C..
I’ve been boycotting things Mexican for a long time. I would NEVER travel there anymore, it’s been years. We give them enough of our money. I don’t need to travel there as well. You don’t even know if you’d make it back home. Of course, that can be said of going to the grocery store here at home, but if you’re incarcerated there, good luck to you.
Gun laws in Mexico for their own citizens are pretty strict, their Constitution provides for them to “keep” firearms but not to “bear” them as I understand it, what is allowed theoretically is home protection or shooting on own property in rural areas. Also restrictions are tight on citizens without ties to military or law enforcement as to owning most types of firearms. I have had ordinary rural citizens of Mexico tell me they are basically allowed something like a single shot 22 rifle. Many things play a part, bribery of officials, different enforcement in different areas- basically they are at the whim of local law enforcement and roving units of military- as are non-citizens.
Kudos to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican, for pushing for this Marine’s freedom.
I just got back from Mexico City on Monday, and lived 10 miles from the border for a few years (Ft. Huachuca). At the border, the US is hot on intercepting drugs, and Mexico is hot on intercepting guns. That is a significant cultural difference.
Overall, Mexico has been a pretty good news story since the 1990’s (the years following the collapse of Soviet Communism), when the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) decided to liberalize their virtual monopoly on power, reduce the concentration of power in the office of the Presidency, and diversify the State’s massive role in the economy.
It is not well known in the US just how radical politics were in Mexico in the 20th century, because a virtual one party state re-wrote the history being taught, censored the press and pandered desperately for tourist cash. Trotsky didn’t flee to Mexico from the Soviet Union at random, he was welcomed by socialist revolutionaries in power who were implementing many aspects of his vision.
In the 1920’s and 30’s, the Mexican Government harshly suppressed religion - killing or driving out over 90% of priests, nationalizing Church properties, outlawing religion in public, and sparking the Cristero War which resulted in tens of thousands being killed. The Government eventually backed off its enforcement of the anti-clerical provisions of its revolutionary constitution, but kept its poverty-inducing socialistic practices until the 1990’s.
From 2000 to 2012, the conservative National Action Party (PAN) held the Presidency, and instituted economic liberalization which has transformed Mexico (a big factor in turning the tide on immigration). My wife and I rode to the pyramids of Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City with another couple who had been there in 2000. They were amazed by the dramatic transformation of what had been an endless slum of corrugated metal shacks.
Just this month, the PRI party re-assumed the Presidency after a 12 year break. A lot of folks are still very bullish on the prospects for the Mexican economy though, because the new PRI leadership grew up after the PRI liberalized, and power is more dispersed now throughout civil society. More concretely, PRI has a minority in the legislature, and can only pass legislation by consensus with the PAN. Also significant, is that public consensus is pretty strong now for free trade (Mexico has more free trade pacts than any other country), stronger anti-corruption measures, and more resources to counter narco traffickers. PAN, PRI and even the more left wing PRD were pretty much all espousing the same thing on these issues during the election.
So even though some things suck in Mexico, they have been getting better faster than most places. It offers great value for the tourist dollar, and my wife and I always have a good time when we go there. Having been to more than 70 countries, we go back to Mexico more than any other country. Some local law enforcement screwed an American in this instance (police corruption/inefficiency is a big problem there), but higher-ups have reacted to try to fix it. I would not hold it against the whole country - it was not a malicious anti-American policy, like you see in many other countries, but rather reflective of their own problems with law enforcement and their particular hot-button focus on gun smuggling.
Mexican authorities have been arresting US citizens for MANY years for firearms, ammunition, knives. It is a well known way to rot in a Mexican jail. Long before F & F. I imagine the pressure of bad publicity was getting to them to release this man, to their way of thinking though we were just upset that they jailed a hero/important person, it will not change the fact that they do the same thing to many Americans every year, and most rot away with sentences of around 30 years for little of nothing- parts or ammo even.
Gotta give give Bill O'Reilly a fair amount of credit for this... he's been at the forefront in getting this Marine home in time for Christmas, threatening a massive boycott of Mexico if the Mexican gov't didn't release Hammar.
I hope the lesson this kid takes away from his experience is that,particularly when entering a Fourth World lawless cesspool like Mexico,its not a wise idea to attempt to take *any* firearm with you,regardless of how harmless you think it is and regardless of the Second Amendment rights we might have here.Hell,I wouldnt attempt to enter a hellhole like Mexico...a nation where every cop,every border guard and every judge is crooked and on the take (if not an actual psychopathic murderer)...with a pack of chewing gum.