SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. –  South Florida residents and a top lawmaker gathered on Sunday to rally for the release of a U.S. Marine held in Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., honored volunteers who have helped U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi as they hope to bring him back by July 4. The 25-year-old Weston resident was arrested March 31 after missing an exit and ending up in Mexico with three firearms in his truck.

The mother of a Marine involved in a similar incident said the government needs to do more to ensure Tahmooressi's release. "The only way to get through it is to go public and for the government to get behind it, and this administration knows that," said Olivia Hammar.

"Where is the outrage, and where are our highest elected officials calling and demanding his release, or at the very least a real day in court?" said Ros-Lehtinen.

Two U.S. congressmen, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., visited Tahmooressi in Mexico on Saturday. They said they are confident he will be released soon and will be able to return to the U.S. for medical care.

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