Mila Koumpilova | Star Tribune
Reporter | Immigration and cultures

Mila Koumpilova writes about immigration and Minnesota's immigrant communities. During more than a decade of reporting, she has been an education, general assignment and features reporter. A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, she has received recognition from the national Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others.


Minnesota unaccompanied minors find help, worry about changes

The Trump administration is weighing major changes that would affect the fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America, from expedited deportations to fines for parents who pay smugglers.


Hennepin Co. is 'noncooperative' on new Trump immigration list

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office showed up in the first federal report calling out local law enforcement agencies that do not routinely honor requests to hold detainees for immigration officials.


Largest ICE action since election nets 26 immigrants in Minn.

The arrests by immigration agents last week were part of a three-day operation in the Midwest — the largest such effort in this state since the Trump administration took over.


Refugee resettlement costs rise, but small part of Minn. welfare

The figures come as Minnesota joins national debate over the upfront taxpayer costs of resettling refugees vs. long-term benefits as they join the workforce.


REVIEW: 'Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,' by Helene Cooper

NONFICTION: A nuanced portrait of the dynamic but flawed leader of Liberia, who guided the country through the Ebola crisis and won a Nobel Peace Prize.


New travel ban order draws mix of reactions in Minnesota

Refugee arrivals here had already dropped off dramatically as the Trump administration slashed the number to be received, and local agencies prepared for a slow spring and summer.


Beatrice Beddor, mother of 10 and ballroom dance champion, dies at 90

Beatrice "Bea" Beddor missed her first U.S. ballroom dancing championship in years when she broke a wrist skiing in Colorado.The Duluth native, who was in…


Minnesota immigration judges hit a wall of cases

There is already a backlog of more than 5,100 cases covering Minnesota, the Dakotas and western Wisconsin.


Twin Cities immigration arrests raise fears of 'new normal'

Recent arrests in Apple Valley and Burnsville were "simply routine law enforcement," an ICE spokesman said. He stressed ICE did not conduct random sweeps or set up checkpoints.


Minnesota now gateway to Canada for rejected migrants

More than 430 African migrants have arrived in Winnipeg since April, up from 70 three years ago. Most come by way of Minneapolis, sometimes after grueling treks across Latin America and stints in U.S. immigration detention.