Texas Delegation Statements on Release of William Nguyen from Detention in Vietnam

Jul 23, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today, a bicameral and bipartisan group of congressional members from the Texas delegation issued the following statements on Houstonian William Nguyen’s release from detention in Vietnam.

William Nguyen is a 32-year old native of Houston, Texas who graduated from Yale University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. While celebrating his graduation this summer in Ho Chi Minh City, he was detained by local officials after attending peaceful nationwide demonstrations. On Friday, July 20, 2018, after his trial, he was deported from Vietnam with a small administrative fine.

U.S. Representative Al Green (TX-09):

“Our hard work was rewarded and prayers were answered. I would like to thank the Nguyen family, all my congressional colleagues, and the diplomatic actors involved for their patience and determination throughout this ordeal. I look forward to welcoming Will to Houston, where I am proud to represent his family.”

U.S. Representative John Culberson (TX-07):

“I’m immensely pleased that Will has been released from custody and has departed Vietnam with his family. Ensuring his safe release is something I’ve been working on for many weeks with our partners in the State Department and the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. Thank you to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Ambassador Kritenbrink, and the team at the State Department for their persistence to ensure that Will was swiftly reunited with his family. I join the strong, vibrant Vietnamese-American community in the Seventh District in celebrating Will’s release.”

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX):

“Unfortunately the government of Vietnam continues to repress its own people and deny them the right to practice their religion or freedom of speech. There is a large Vietnamese-American community in the Houston area that we work closely with on a number of issues, and they brought this case to our attention. I’m glad he is on his way home.”

U.S. Representative Randy Weber (TX-14):

“Protecting Americans is one of the greatest responsibilities and joys in this job. Our government worked quickly and professionally in a bipartisan fashion to see this return through. Working with my colleagues to assist in bringing Mr. William Nguyen home is a great moment for all involved.”

U.S. Representative Gene Green (TX-29):

“I’m thankful that my colleagues and I were able to help secure Will’s safety, and I commend the diplomatic community, Will’s family, and all others who have been involved in this effort for their leadership, perseverance, and diligence. Protecting Houstonians and their loved ones is my top priority, and I’m delighted that our outreach to the Vietnamese government was successful and that Will is unharmed.”