Saving itself a couple of news cycles of international embarrassment, Vietnam has denied a visa to Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who had been traveling in Asia and hoped to enter the country to meet with disgruntled citizens who say they are denied basic freedoms.
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"I am extremely disappointed that Vietnam's government decided to ignore my visa application," Rep. Sanchez said in a press statement. "For years, Vietnam has promised to expand the civil, political and religious liberties of its people in exchange for a greater role in international politics. I strongly believe that elected officials from America and other democracies should have the opportunity to assess Vietnam's progress, or lack thereof, on these issues firsthand."