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Published May 12, 2011, 10:51 PM

Immigration Documentary Screened in GF; Differing Views at Following Discussion

Immigration was a big topic of discussion in Grand Forks Thursday night as a documentary film about a city struggling with immigrants in their area was shown at the Empire Arts Center.

Immigration was a big topic of discussion in Grand Forks Thursday night as a documentary film about a city struggling with immigrants in their area was shown at the Empire Arts Center.

City leaders say the film shown, "Welcome to Shelbyville," should encourage a little bit of discussion. The film is about the Tennessee town challenged by immigration.

"It's about how each of them are facing the issues that come a long with new populations are coming into the community," mayor's assistant Pete Haga said.

Part of the focus of the film is on the arrival of Somali refugees in Shelbyville, similiar to situation Grand Forks. At a discussion after the screening, there were some differing viewpoints.

The last couple of years Grand Forks has become home to people from the Middle East, as well as Bhutanese and Nepalese refugees. One women in the audience equated it to her own traveling experiences. She says while in different countries, locals took the time to help her adapt.

Another viewer feels when it comes to immigrants fitting into new countries, it might come down to an introspection.

Community leaders say showing the movie is meant to give focus to this area's dealings with immigrations.

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