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Kafka, the Trial: Being relived in a university near you.

Not sure if you’ve had a chance to read about a Music Scholar being blocked from the US without explanation. The young intellectual studied and reeived her degree from the University of California Berkeley, but when attempting to return to the US to use that hard earned degree, ICE officials told her she would be unable to reenter the country.

She has been arraigned, judged and sentenced by immigration officials without her knowledge. She doesn’t know even know what her crime is.

After a year of letters and inquiries, Ms. Ghuman and her Mills College lawyer have been unable to find out why her residency visa was suddenly revoked, or whether she was on some security watch list. Nor does she know whether her application for a new visa, pending since last October, is being stymied by the shadow of the same unspecified problem or mistake.

In a tearful telephone interview from her parents’ home in western Wales, Ms. Ghuman, 34, an Oxford graduate who earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, said she felt like a character in Kafka.

“I don’t know why it’s happened, what I’m accused of,” she said. “There’s no opportunity to defend myself. One is just completely powerless.”

It makes you sick, doesn’t it?

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