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Music Scholar Barred From U.S., But Why??
« on: Sep 19 07 07:24 »
 [a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 191); font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/nyregion/17musicologist.html?ex=1347681600&en=f8db6de4c1ad9d36&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss"]Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why[/a]

Nalini Ghuman, an up-and-coming musicologist and expert on the British composer Edward Elgar, was stopped at the San Francisco airport in August last year and, without explanation, told that she was no longer allowed to enter the United States.
Ms. Ghuman’s descent into the bureaucratic netherworld began on Aug. 8, 2006, when she and Mr. Flight returned to San Francisco from a research trip to Britain. Armed [a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/i/immigration_and_refugees/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier" title="More articles about immigration."]immigration[/a] officers met them at the airplane door and escorted Ms. Ghuman away.[/p]In a written account of the next eight hours that she prepared for her lawyer, Ms. Ghuman said that officers tore up her H-1B visa, which was valid through May 2008, defaced her British passport, and seemed suspicious of everything from her music cassettes to the fact that she had listed Welsh as a language she speaks.[/p]After questioning her for hours, the officers told her that she had been ruled inadmissible, she said, and threatened to transfer her to a detention center in Santa Clara, Calif., unless she left on a flight to London that night.[/p]Outside, Mr. Flight made frantic calls for help. He said the British Consulate tried to get through to the immigration officials in charge, to no avail. And Ms. Ghuman said her demands to speak to the British consul were rebuffed. [/p]“They told me I was nobody, I was nowhere and I had no rights,” she said. “For the first time, I understood what the deprivation of liberty means.”[/p]Full Story:  [a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 191); font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/17/nyregion/17musicologist.html?ex=1347681600&en=f8db6de4c1ad9d36&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss"]Music Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why[/a][/p]
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Re: Music Scholar Barred From U.S., But Why??
« Reply #1 on: Sep 19 07 07:30 »
"They told me I was nobody, I was nowhere and I had no rights,” she said. “For the first time, I understood what the deprivation of liberty means.”

  That's an awful big fuss to make over 'nobody'.
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