Maya Rao | Star Tribune
Reporter | Washington Bureau

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.

A dozen Twin Cities museums receive diversity funding

The push for inclusion is part of a national effort.

Pitch to expand Sherburne County ICE jail draws protests

Immigration detention brings jobs, cash to the county. The county board has already moved ahead with a submission for another contract with ICE.

Trump puts racism, American identity under the microscope

Conversations around racism and who counts as an American are springing up.

Minnesotans inspired by Somali-Canadian journalist killed in terrorist attack

Somali-Canadian activist went back to broadcast "the other side of Somalia."

Minn. immigrant groups spring into action before any ICE raids

"People are in constant fear" with the raids planned across the country, and immigration advocates work to inform them about their rights.

St. Paul hires its first Somali-American firefighters

For Mohamed Daoud and Abdi Warsame, the job is more than joining the St. Paul Fire Department — it is also being at community gathering places to talk about their jobs.

Review: 'Love Thy Neighbor,' by Ayaz Virji

NONFICTION: When a Muslim doctor moved to small-town Minnesota he received a warm welcome. And then Trump was elected, and things changed.

Minnesota census advocates hopeful after high court ruling

Opponents have argued that including a citizenship question would reduce participation in the 2020 census, leading to a less accurate count.

'There is no safe space,' Latinos say, as threats of ICE raids linger

Business is down in a thriving immigrant hub in Minneapolis and residents are on high alert as President Trump steps up his threat of deportations.

How did the Twin Cities become a hub for Somali immigrants?

The state has 52,333 people who report Somali ancestry — the largest concentration in America. How they ended up in the Upper Midwest is a combination of available jobs and a generally welcoming populace.