Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Irvine, Thursday met with the wife and children of an Orange County printing company owner believed to have been imprisoned after a trip to his native Vietnam.
Walters pledged to call the U.S. embassy in Vietnam on Friday to try to get Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, who is a U.S. citizen, released and returned home.
“I share (the Nguyen family’s) deep concern about his wellbeing and outrage over his imprisonment by the Vietnamese government,” Walters said. “Tomorrow, I will speak with the United States Embassy in Vietnam to coordinate efforts to secure Michael’s immediate release. I will remain in close contact with the White House and State Department to ensure there are no bureaucratic delays. I will do everything in my power to ensure Michael is released and safely returned home to his family.”
Nguyen, 54, was imprisoned by the Vietnamese government on July 7, according to Walters’ office. State Department officials have confirmed he is in a jail in Ho Chi Minh City, according to Walters’ office.
Nguyen was said to be in “fair health with no visible signs of abuse,” according to Walters’ office.