June 18, 2019

Harris Applauds Announcement of Approved Temporary Visas to Help Save Man’s Life in San Jose

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) on Tuesday applauded the State Department’s announcement that two Vietnamese men have been granted temporary visas to enter the United States in order to help save their brother’s life.

“I am pleased the Department of State has recognized the moral imperative to act, and that Tu Le will receive the urgent and life-saving care he needs,” said Sen. Harris. “My thoughts will be with Tu Le, his daughter Diem Trinh Colisao, and the rest of their family throughout the road ahead.”

 Tu Le, of San Jose, California, has an aggressive form of cancer that can only be treated through a stem cell transplant. Two of his brothers in Vietnam both possess a rare perfect genetic match with Tu Le, but were originally denied visas to enter the U.S. for the life-saving operation.

 Senator Harris, along with Representative Lofgren’s office, worked with the State Department to advocate on behalf of Tu Le and his family by sending a joint congressional inquiry to the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City highlighting to the interviewing officer the medical urgency and urging the favorable adjudication of Tu Le’s brothers pending B-2 tourist visa applications.

Last night, the State Department announced that the applications were approved.