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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A documentary that focuses on immigrant and refugee issues in the Mid-State will be shown Wednesday night on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.

The film “Welcome to Shelbyville” explores how Shelbyville residents reacted to an influx of Hispanic and Somali immigrants beginning in 2008.

The Tennessee Refugee and Immigrant Rights Coalition will host the screening beginning at 7 p.m. at the College of Education. Eben Cathey says the screening will be followed by a conversation.

WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s most prominent immigrant rights group say the state’s undocumented population is excited about the launch of a new federal program that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.

Starting today, young illegal immigrants can apply for a new Homeland Security Department program that lets them stay in the U.S. and get work permits.

Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.

Tennessean with Ties to Syria is Frustrated

Apr 2, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) —  The death toll in Syria continues to climb. Three more deaths were reported Monday as the year-old uprising there continues.

There’s a sizeable Syrian refugee population here in Middle Tennessee. They’ve been active in recent months, staging local rallies in support of the Syrian people.

Murfreesboro resident Lema Sbenaty is of Syrian ancestry and has family still living there. Her aunt’s home was badly damaged recently by government shelling.