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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. Contact Mila securely using PGP: 65DB DD53 2C22 7850 466C CA32 4BF4 9B08 B9E7 EA6F


Immigration courts granting fewer reprieves from deportation

Federal officials now are expediting the cases, even for those with pending visas or green cards.


With birth date in dispute, Twin Cities man faces deportation while insisting he's American

Citizenship claim is upheld by immigration judge, but man is still being detained.


Minnesota Muslims mark start of holy month of Ramadan

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins this week, observed with sunrise-to-sunset fasting.


Push is on to add space for ICE inmates in state

Prison companies and a county sheriff's office pitched proposals to expand immigration detention facilities in Minnesota as a rise in arrests has created a space crunch for immigration authorities.


Martha Sawyer Allen, former Star Tribune religion writer and columnist, dies at 75

During almost three decades in the Star Tribune newsroom, Martha Sawyer Allen cut a blunt, no-nonsense figure — particularly as a religion writer lending insight…


Legislature picks new U regent amid abortion controversy

Simonson, of Worthington, said freezing or lowering tuition is a priority.


2 candidates recommended for University of Minnesota Board of Regents vacancy

In an unusual situation, the legislative committee couldn't settle on just one.


Catholic Charities cuts refugee resettlement, adoption work

The charity will instead focus on fighting homelessness and helping at-risk kids.


Cities push to make applying for crime victim visas easier

City ordinances and police department changes seek to streamline the process to get the special visa.


Twin Cities Somali women push back on online shaming

Minnesota and more than 30 other states have passed "revenge porn" laws against sharing such images in recent years, but Somali and other immigrant victims can face steeper hurdles in asking for help — and especially devastating consequences from humiliation on the internet.