refugees en Documentary Shot in Shelbyville Screened at MTSU <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)&nbsp; --&nbsp; A documentary that focuses on immigrant and refugee issues in the Mid-State will be shown&nbsp;Wednesday night&nbsp;on the campus of Middle Tennessee State.</p><p>The film &ldquo;Welcome to Shelbyville&rdquo; explores how Shelbyville residents reacted to an influx of Hispanic and Somali immigrants beginning in 2008.</p><p>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&nbsp;conversation.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 17:16:07 +0000 Mike Osborne 14547 at Documentary Shot in Shelbyville Screened at MTSU Tenn. Immigrants Excited About new Federal Program <p>WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) &mdash; Tennessee&rsquo;s most prominent immigrant rights group say the state&rsquo;s undocumented population is excited about the launch of a new federal program that allows illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.</p><p>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.</p><p>Critics of the program have called the policy backdoor amnesty and say they worry about fraud.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:54:34 +0000 AP/WMOT 14546 at Tennessean with Ties to Syria is Frustrated <p>MURFREESBORO, Tenn.&nbsp;(AP/WMOT) &mdash; &nbsp;The death toll in Syria continues to climb. Three more deaths&nbsp;were&nbsp;reported&nbsp;Monday as the year-old uprising there continues.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a sizeable Syrian refugee population here in Middle Tennessee. They&rsquo;ve been active in recent months, staging local rallies in support of the&nbsp;Syrian people.</p><p>Murfreesboro resident Lema Sbenaty is of Syrian ancestry and has family still living there. Her aunt&rsquo;s home was badly damaged recently by government shelling.</p> Mon, 02 Apr 2012 16:39:48 +0000 Mike Osborne 9294 at