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Monday, January 15, 2018

Mother denied visa for Navy vet's funeral in Arkansas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 4:39 PM

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WREG  TV of Memphis reports
that the State Department denied a visa for a Vietnamese mother to attend the Blytheville funeral of her Navy veteran son who died of cancer last month.

The State Department isn't explaining why.

Ngoc Truong, a four-year Navy veteran, died of leukemia Dec. 17 at the age of 22.

Truong's father, who owns a jewelry store in Blytheville, said Truong's Vietnam-born mother applied for a visa twice but was denied both times.

She ended up missing the funeral.

"That's what made me fuming mad. Fuming. Why?" Truong said.
From the obituary of yet another one of those "chain immigrants" that trouble Sen. Tom Cotton so much:

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Ngoc Hoan Truong, 22, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ngoc was born in Vietnam to Hung Manh "Michael" Truong and Hoan Nguyen, however, he was a citizen of the United States. He graduated from Armorel High School in 2013. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country with honor. During his four years spent in the Navy, Ngoc served on the USS John S. McCain out at sea. Ngoc was a very talented artist and loved every color there is to love. Ngoc designed the flag that is currently flying on the USS BARRY. He was very musically talented as well, playing piano and the flute. His friends called him Tru Gem and he was very outgoing. Ngoc's favorite thing was his laptop and his favorite day was Friday. He really enjoyed eating and some of his favorite foods were crunchy pizza from Domino's, five different flavors of ice cream, Japanese food, especially sushi and matcha tea, and a very long list of Vietnamese dishes.

And speaking of immigrants from countries held in low esteem by Donald Trump, Cotton and others: Read the Washington Post account of many others who've come from these countries and served with honor and pride. They include the Haitian graduate of West Point, whose tearful photograph went viral in 2016. "Depraved?" Only to Steve Womack and Tom Cotton and Donald Trump and their people.

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