Mexican amb. to US dashes hope for release of jailed Marine
California Congressman Duncan Hunter speaks out
- Duration 6:28
- Date Dec 20, 2012
California Congressman Duncan Hunter speaks out
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We -- getting new details today -- the challenge to free in Marines held in a dangerous Mexican prison.
John -- Stanley had hoped to see him for Christmas.
But we are just learning this specific concerns.
Raised in a recent letter from the Mexican ambassador.
Two officials here in the United States.
At a Mexican ambassador to America and why Mexico is refusing to budge and the imprisonment of this 27 year old veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here's a picture of John in prison you've seen here on Fox News over the past couple -- days he's been held in this.
Sort of solitary confinement area since.
August originally he was in gen pop but then there were threats of you know him being killed unless the parents paid all sorts of money and this is the accommodation our State Department got for this -- this is the upgrade.
To a room by himself came to the bed and -- we called to complain about that's apparently there's no change anymore anyway.
What happened was he and other Marines were arrested in Mexico.
On gun charges he declared the weapon but they said.
It was illegal and we need to go to prison he's awaiting to trying to could face twelve years in jail.
Now an exclusive interview John -- friend who was with him when the whole thing happened but ultimately release.
Is speaking out.
Saying he's wracked with guilt for leaving John behind and pleading with the Obama administration to help.
We didn't it work we build -- -- experience and we beat me he didn't try and I thought -- We we work we're doing everything magic yeah.
-- I want their -- as we can take people are North Korea.
And -- reporters all over the world going back up being higher risk the world.
We bring one of our -- -- Just -- just one guy who's not even.
Miles from the border.
No way required whom you.
But what -- in just.
But kilometers need to write it into writing and -- pretty.
-- that interview there on Fox News Latino during the now Republican California congressman Duncan Hunter -- was also a marine.
A member of the house armed services committee and he says he is willing to make it his mission to win Johns freedom.
Congress and welcome back to the program I know you say you are prepared if you have to you.
To go down in Mexico -- considering doing that to try to win this man's freedom but how how would you do that.
-- just -- more attention on this would be the administration and I'm in San -- -- all I would simply drive down to the border not not just me either.
Quite a few of the car from wanna get it involved in this room were looking towards early January.
To just go you have.
Check on John -- -- okay in and try to negotiate his release but what we need is for the Obama administration.
To get involved with this you saw the letter from the Mexican ambassador it was condescending and any.
Almost ridiculed our our attempts.
To get him out of jails weren't -- gonna try to bring some more attention to this should go to out of that jail we have to we don't.
This -- an American patriot he's ten miles across the border.
-- was had over 49000.
Murderers in the last eight years.
Mexico is more dangerous than Iraq I Iraq -- -- Afghanistan for Americans.
And I would call on all Americans to.
Cancel your your your trips to Mexico.
If a product says made in Mexico don't -- it we need to bring attention to this mrs.
It's just silly that that he's right across -- border with -- who was supposed to be a good neighbor and they are good.
Good neighbors in this case.
He it -- we're first we're just getting our first look at their explanation this is from the Mexican ambassador to the United States and he wrote a letter.
To your colleague in the house.
Ileana Ross -- -- who's a Republican congresswoman from Florida that's where John hammers from she's been making noise about this and let's this is ridiculous she's -- -- what you say.
So he writes to her saying look Mexico is very stringent gun control laws and has had them in place for many many years.
And he says we've reinforced their application.
As a result of the flow of weapons illicitly purchased in the United States.
And then traffic to Mexico into the hands of criminal organization so he seems to be saying.
Do Americans have sent down a bunch of illegal guns down here -- result we had to get tough on guns.
So you haven't -- but yourselves to blame for what we did John hammer.
-- -- -- Ridiculous -- it was a 410 shotgun that's what my nine year old daughter used to hunt this is it's it's a Sears Roebuck.
Fortune shock and serious stuff still in shock and probably 3040 years ago -- it's an antique shotgun and insist that that that's one of the most ridiculous letters and statements -- I've ever seen.
Mexico would have crime and the violence -- because of their drug cartels.
Regardless of of any.
American guns -- -- What's the -- that it wasn't just an argument that that if -- if the weapon was non compliant with Mexico's drug laws and apparently -- gun laws apparently was about an inch out of compliance it was almost compliant but not quite.
And he declared it to the viewers know he declared didn't try to sneak it and went right after the Mexican officials -- -- business -- -- -- -- you're going to jail so all that okay.
They say look.
Doesn't matter it was illegal he brought into the country we have big big signs -- -- before you cross over saying don't bring guns into Mexico.
They say it's many of business led our criminal justice system -- this case out same way.
As you do that in the United States and we don't interfere.
You -- the real problem is is that the Mexican justice system is completely corrupt.
Their their jails are not American jails it's like going to a Third World country.
That's that's where he's -- there right now he's he's trapped in -- -- a Third World country jail but it's not Pakistan.
It's not Afghanistan it's right across the border from San Diego and it'd be very easy for us to for you don't.
For the State Department to -- much more -- involved put pressure.
On the next -- administration to let this guy go its people need to have common sense and -- in this case there is no common sense coming from the Mexican side of the border.
Yeah you heard in McDonough the colleague of John -- saying -- we Lucent in a former president over to help couple journalists get out of North Korea why can't we send.
Somebody already help book -- managed served tours -- -- to multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan so -- State Department says its work in this behind the scenes but.
And they have to respect Mexico's sovereignty.
They need to work -- more because Mexico doesn't respect our sovereignty all the time the the street has to go both both -- understood Duncan Hunter thanks for being here.
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