FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) A small protest that was advertised as a "peaceful demonstration" by a local Somali activist group turned into a confrontation outside the Valley News Live studios on Sunday.
Protestors confronted a Valley News Live photographer as she attempted to shoot video of the event.
Fargo Police removed the protestors from the KVLY property.
Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams and Fargo's Deputy Mayor Mike Williams also showed up for the event. Both support refugee resettlement in the area.
The group demonstrated because they said they were upset over reporter Bradford Arick's story on the risk of latent tuberculosis in local refugee communities.
Our story presented data and facts from the CDC, State of Minnesota and State of North Dakota on the numbers of latent TB cases in the refugee population.
The State of Minnesota says 22% of refugees in that state carry latent TB while only active TB cases bars someone from entering the country.
The Fargo Forum newspaper criticized Valley News Live's reporting as blatantly false. Forum Communications owns our competitors WDAY and WDAZ.
The newspaper also interviewed Cass County Health Department's Dr. John Baird.
Baird told the forum that TB is quote "not a major problem" in the area but later admitted that Cass County Health is treating active TB cases in the community.
Over the weekend nationally renowned Doctor Jane Orient, who is the Executive Director of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, blasted local and federal health officials for policies that allow refugees with latent TB infections to be admitted to the U.S.
"Admitting people who might cause an epidemic makes no sense whatsoever from a public health standpoint," Dr. Orient is quoted on breitbart.com.
She went on to say, "Officials who place politics above the health of Americans need to be held accountable and removed from positions of authority."
Valley News Live stands by the story and we plan to continue looking into the issues surrounding refugee resettlement in North Dakota and Minnesota.