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 immigrants celebrate 5th anniversary of DACA program

At a Capitol event, supporters of the program say it has improved lives, enriched state.


Somali teen struggles to find his place after high school

Mohamed has felt many eyes on him on this journey. He knows the story line: An immigrant kid forges a path to the good life. But he also feels under a new scrutiny as a newcomer.


Amid stepped-up enforcement, Minnesota ICE liaison gives agency a friendlier face

Mary Hogan is the affable new face of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Minnesota, bent on engaging the very immigrants and advocates who fear and…


Hennepin sheriff's cooperation with ICE raises outcry

Hennepin County's Richard Stanek stands by policy for foreign-born jail inmates.


Some immigrants face Catch-22 as ICE takes a harder line on detention

In Minnesota, more facing criminal charges are held with high or no bond, making it hard to fight their cases.


Woman flown to Regions after near-drowning in St. Croix near Osceola, Wis.

Wisconsin emergency personnel responded by boat to a report of a possible drowning on the St. Croix River on Saturday.


'We hereby declare!' Young citizens take oath in special ceremony at Minnesota Children's Museum

Citizenship ceremony at the Minnesota Children's Museum held in kids' honor.


Immigration judge releases man detained after light-rail encounter

Ariel Vences-Lopez, whose case brought international attention, is seeking a visa to stay in the U.S. legally.


Hennepin County sheriff's alerts to ICE draw criticism

Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek is under fire from county officials and advocates who argue his office does too much to help immigration authorities — even as the Trump administration called him out recently for not cooperating enough.


Revised travel ban takes effect, bringing relief and uncertainty

Most Minnesota cases meet new "bona fide" relationship rule.