Megan Verlee is a reporter with Colorado Public Radio in Denver, where she focuses on state politics.
In Colorado, Africans are second only to Latin Americans among the state's immigrant populations. Until now, they've been largely absent from Colorado's politics, but new candidates and civic groups with African roots are pushing the community nearer to the political spotlight.
Many foreign workers are legal immigrants who get paid more than they would in their home country. Still, they're finding that legal or not, they are often exploited and their working conditions are poor.