Members of Congress are starting to pressure the Mexican government to ensure the safe and timely release of a U.S. Marine veteran from Florida being held in a Mexican prison on what's claimed to be exaggerated firearms charges.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports from Miami:

Twenty-two members of Congress are now pushing to pressure Mexico to free Marine veteran Jon Hammar from Miami, who was jailed when trying to cross the border and declaring his hunting rifle. His mother Olivia says he's being mistreated by jail gangs as well as prosecutors.

Hammar: "He is tough. A lesser person would have pleaded guilty because they have brought him in, without counsel, to the courts and harassed him, and told him 'you need to just plead guilty' and he said, 'I'm not doing it.'"

Hammar is 27, and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

In Miami, Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.

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