Reporter | Race and Immigration

Maya Rao covers race and immigration for the Star Tribune.

Rao wrote for The Press of Atlantic City and The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Minnesota in January 2012. She previously covered the federal government for the Star Tribune.


Hmong editor's Facebook post spurs backlash from Minnesota GOP

The editor of Hmong Today criticized supporters of President Donald Trump, with references to Nazi Germany.


Gov. Tim Walz creates job for immigrant and refugee affairs

The new position will work to ease economic barriers for immigrants and refugees.


McCollum plans bill to stop Hmong, Lao deportations

In a letter to the Minnesota Democrat, the State Department confirms that the Trump administration is negotiating with Laos to accept them.


Fear, anxiety in Minnesota over plans to deport some Hmong residents

Advocates say many of those targeted have no ties to Laos after decades in America.


Minnesota bill would ban bias based on hair textures, styles

The proposal addresses the burden on African-American women who go through expensive straightening treatments to conform to Eurocentric standards.


Folk tales, vaccines and veggies: U tries audio tips to reach immigrant moms

Somali-American mothers get health, wellness advice in audio messages


Minnesotans raise concerns about order restricting immigration from Myanmar, Eritrea

Minnesotans with ties to Myanmar and Eritrea raised concerns on Friday that President Donald Trump’s new executive order restricting immigration from those countries could interfere…


Advocates prepare for new wave of confusion over 'public charge' rule for immigrants

High court OKs Trump law on those who use public assistance programs.


Patchwork of rules means some African immigrants celebrate while others seek long-term solution

Thousands face uncertainty as their temporary protections are set to expire.


Thousands of Minnesotans gather at star-studded events to mark MLK Holiday

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on the crowd of 2,400 people at the Armory in Minneapolis to ask themselves what they were doing…