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Max Rivlin-Nadler

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Max Rivlin-Nadler is an investigative journalist whose reporting has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, the New Republic, the Village Voice and Gothamist. His years-long investigation into New York City's arcane civil forfeiture laws led to a series of lawsuits and reforms which altered a practice that had been taking millions from poor communities for decades.

Since moving to San Diego, he has reported extensively on immigration and criminal justice issues, including the treatment of asylum-seekers along the border, last year's District Attorney race, and the criminalization of homelessness in the midst of California's deepening affordability crisis. A native of Queens, New York, Max attended Oberlin College in Ohio, where he majored in creative writing.

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As Biden Lifts Refugee Cap, San Diego Organizations Prepare For Influx

May 5
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The Biden administration says it will allow 62,500 refugees into the U.S. over the next six months. But that will be a challenge for refugee organizations, following years of limited refugee numbers under the Trump administration.

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City Heights Bites: Red Sea Ethiopian

April 30
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Immigrant-owned restaurants are the backbone of City Heights, nourishing the neighborhood and helping it recover from the pandemic. KPBS is checking in with some of the neighborhood’s beloved longtime establishments as part of a series called “City Heights Bites.”

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City Heights Teens Reach Out During Time Of Isolation

April 29
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The pandemic’s impact on mental health will reverberate for years to come, especially for young people. Some City Heights teens are looking to reach out and support one another during a time of distance.

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As California Loses Congressional Seat, Power of Immigrant Neighborhoods Gets Further Diluted

April 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After initial census results were released yesterday, California is set to lose a congressional seat this year. Organizers say this underscores just how important last year’s turbulent census will be in the coming years, especially for immigrant communities.

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San Diego Protesters Call On Rep. Peters To Support COVID-19 Vaccine Trade Waiver

April 23
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A trade waiver would allow poorer countries to use the intellectual property of American companies. But Rep. Scott Peters says that’s not what’s stopping faster vaccinations.

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As Immigration Detainees Become Fewer, ACLU Wants Otay Mesa Detention Center Closed

April 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The number of people in immigration detention in the U.S. remains at record lows during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties is making another push to end the use of private immigration detention in San Diego county.

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Report: Biden Continuing Many Of Trump’s Policies Along The Border

April 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Immigrant advocacy groups are calling for an immediate end to restrictive policies they say are driving more family separations.

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Left With Nothing By Biden Administration, Migrant Families In Tijuana Face An Impossible Choice

April 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

As migrant families cross into the United States, many are being flown to San Diego and then removed to Mexico, without any of their belongings. This policy may be contributing to the rise of unaccompanied children crossing the border.

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'I Had A Lot More Downtime': City Heights Parents React To School Reopening

April 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Children in City Heights are getting back to in-person learning this week. Parents and guardians tell KPBS about what the first day back was like after more than a year of remote learning.

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Burmese Refugees In City Heights To Protest Myanmar Military Coup

April 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

On Saturday, Burmese refugees and their allies will take to the streets of City Heights, protesting a brutal military crackdown on civilians in their homeland.

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Lawsuit: US Border Officers Questioned Journalists At Length

Nov. 21, 2019
By Associated Press

Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan.

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7 Songs To Discover In March

Feb. 26, 2020
By Julia Dixon Evans

Looking to uncover new music this month? Here are some local musicians with new releases as well as some notable acts coming through town.

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New Affordable Housing Report Offers 10 Strategies To Keep Units In San Diego

May 28, 2020
By City News Service

The study, "Preserving Affordable Housing in the City of San Diego," offers its strategies in four categories: Preservation policies, capital resources, tenant protections and capacity building.