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.


U president says search for Holocaust center director will resume in 2025

The move comes one week after the university offered the job to Israeli historian Raz Segal.


University of Minnesota pauses search for Holocaust center director amid controversy

Two board members quit in opposition to the hiring of Raz Segal.


Elizabeth 'Betty' Grant, co-founder of Amigos del Mercado in Minneapolis, dies at 77

The organization helps immigrants navigate life in Minnesota; "Betty's dedication to the center was really amazing."


'Democrats will learn a lesson': Some Muslims work to defeat Biden

Opposed to the president's actions in the Israel-Hamas war, some activists are working to defeat him in November.


Day of remembrance honors George Floyd nearly four years after his killing

Community leaders warned against being complacent about making change during one of several events in Minneapolis Friday hosted by the nonprofit Win Back.


Asian Americans have the most income mobility in Minnesota

Asian Minnesotans have higher income mobility rates than not only other racial groups in the state but also Asian Americans in other states.


Advocates move to protect Ecuadorian migrants' status in Minnesota

They are joining a national movement to advocate for a federal designation that would allow Ecuadorians to have work permits and deportation protections.


He grew up legally in Minnesota, but immigration law gap may one day force student to leave

The conundrum illustrates the obstacles many legal immigrants face seeking a path to long-term stability in the United States


Two men plead not guilty for alleged role in freezing deaths of Indian family at border

The pair are accused of conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants into the U.S.


Two men indicted in case of four Indian nationals who froze to death at border

The superseding indictment includes more extensive criminal allegations against Steve Shand, who had been scheduled to face trial in Minnesota, and Harshkumar Patel.