Coleman seeks happy ending
saga of Tchisou Tho
was one hitch in the great American success story of Tchisou Tho, a Hmong
immigrant, who was an honor roll student in high school, active in his community
church, and who loved to hang out with his friends.
His parents had brought him to the United States illegally when he was 5
family had fled wartime Laos in 1975 and had settled in France.
They came to the United States on a visitors visa and stayed illegally
for 14 years.
special legislation permitted Tchisou, who had become something of a cause
celebré in Minnesota, to remain in the state to attend the University of
Minnesota. Tchisou moved in with his
married sister in St. Paul,
but was unable to afford the out-of-state tuition, so dropped out to work on a
loading dock, where he soon was honored as employee of the month.
now has legislation pending to grant permanent resident status to Tchisou, which
not only would mean he could remain in the United States but also would qualify
him for in-state rates for tuition.