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Reporter | Washington Bureau

Maya Rao covers the federal government for the Star Tribune.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012.


Speaker asks if Democrats deserve the black vote in Mpls. speech

In Mpls. speech, Candace Owens urged an exit from the Democratic Party.


Transgender Honduran awaits her asylum case in Twin Cities suburbs

Such refugees face unique threats — but also can make a strong case to stay.


Case of immigrant living in Connecticut church goes before appeals court in Minnesota

Nelson Pinos, who was originally detained in Minneapolis, thinks his case should be reopened.


'Devastating' outcome could await Minn. legal case for illegal immigrant

Story of Nelson Pinos has drawn national attention.


In Minnesota counties losing population, immigrants slow the decline

New arrivals are helping slow, halt or even reverse falling census counts in 15 Minnesota counties.


From census questions to activism, refining the definition of 'black'

Waves of African immigrants and refugees over the past few decades have made the question of black identity far more complicated.


Twin Cities man charged with selling fentanyl that killed 11

Aaron Rhy Broussard, 28, of Hopkins, is accused of buying deadly drugs from suppliers based in China, then selling them in the U.S.


New law breaking down student ethnic data triggers battle among parents

Schools want better information, but some Asian families fear bias.


Brooklyn Park Liberian congregation celebrates Trump's 'miracle' decison

In recent weeks, the Rev. Francis Tabla saw uncertainty in the eyes of the congregation before him at Ebenezer Community Church. On Sunday, their faces…


Liberian immigrants get year extension to stay in U.S.

Minnesota is home to nearly 16,000 people who were born in Liberia or claim Liberian ancestry. The program was to have expired Sunday, which would have triggered the start of sending Liberians out of the U.S.