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As Congress moves forward with immigration reform, we take a look at how this issue connects to culture, business and families in the Northwest.Our region is home to a unique blend of immigrants who work in all parts of our economy — from high-tech to agriculture. This population already has a deeply-rooted history here. And its ranks are expanding rapidly.Proposals for comprehensive immigration reform address border security, employment verification, guest-worker programs and pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US.

'How can I claim Ethiopia as my country when they oppress my people?'

KUOW Photo / Paul Kiefer
Hosts Awal Ibrahim and Zubeyda Ahmed hold the Oromo flag.

"Wiping someone's identity away ... is very dangerous."

That's how many Oromos feel. On our podcast today, Oromos in Seattle talk about being Oromo in America and their fears about the current human rights violations against Oromos in Ethiopia. 

Oromos are the largest ethnic group in East Africa, and many are currently protesting against an Ethiopian government plan that would displace them from their land. 

More reading from Human Rights Watch: "Such a Brutal Crackdown:' Killings and Arrests in Response to Ethiopia's Oromo Protests."

This podcast was produced in RadioActive's Intro to Journalism Workshop for 16-18-year-olds. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook and Twitter.