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.

Minnesota Liberians would get permanent status under defense bill

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Monday, and President Trump is expected to sign it.

Local approval for refugees sparks heated debates in Minn.

The executive order by President Trump is sparking tense discussion, confusion and some frustration among many local officials who find themselves thrust into a national issue — and needing to make a decision by the end of January.

Congolese, now Minnesota's largest refugee group arriving from Africa, face uncertainty

So far, 775 refugees have arrived in Minnesota this year, up slightly from 2018, which saw the lowest refugee resettlement numbers in the state in more than a decade.

After 5 die in Minneapolis high-rise blaze, calls for more fire prevention

Neighbors gather, promise to help those traumatized to grieve, cope and heal.

Minneapolis' Seward area raises $30,000 to help vandalized East African businesses

Neighborhood groups presented the money to the businesses Friday.

DACA recipients in Minnesota follow court arguments, wait for resolution

They hope for a permanent solution allowing them to stay in the U.S.

Emily Krob, compassionate Brooklyn Park police officer, dies at 38

Krob died of rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that develops in the skeletal muscles.

Klobuchar, other senators oppose reduction in refugees

Trump administration cut yearly refugee admissions from 110,000 to 18,000.

Minnesota health care providers try to calm immigrants' fears following Trump proposal

Providers hope to dispel fears causing immigrants to avoid health care.

Episcopal Church wants bishop's name taken off Minnesota immigration court building

The church and activists say the having human rights icon's name there "is an affront to our church."