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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Dozens of bikers head down to the border in the latest demonstration calling for the freedom of a Marine veteran who has been imprisoned in Mexico for more than two months.

Saturday’s ride in support of Andrew Tahmooressi was put together by a group based in Texas.

“We don't leave any man behind - this young man is serving his country - he made an honest mistake,” said Mike Ewing, from Riverside.

A group of about 50 motorcyclists gathered in San Diego Saturday demanding action by the U.S. government on behalf of Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed in Mexico since March 31 on a weapons charge. He says he accidentally crossed the border with three guns that were legally registered to him.

“They can't appear to do anything to help an American - so it’s time for us to do it,” said rally organizer John Harrington.

They hit the road in honor of the 25-year-old who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan -- riding down to the border together -- there, they held "Turnaround For Tahmooressi" signs.

“We feel the punishment is way beyond what's warranted here,” said Ron Washum.

Fueling their frustration, the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Ron Washum, who came to the rally from Arizona, says he doesn't understand why the government was able to free Bergdahl but not Tahmooressi.

“If he can get this kind of a trade worked out - why can't he get one man one man out of a Mexican jail? This is insane,” said Washum.

The White House hasn't made an official statement on Tahmooressi’s case, though a state department spokesperson said during a press briefing last month his case is a "huge concern."

“This is an American hero...two tours in Afghanistan...the other guy’s a traitor,” said Washum. “We don't hold the Mexican people responsible - we hold our American government responsible for this situation.”

Tahmooressi is currently being held in Tecate waiting for his next court date.

Earlier this week, Tahmooressi's mother, Jill, crossed the border to meet with her son. CBS News 8 reached out to her Saturday but our calls were not returned.

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