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Max Rivlin-Nadler

Freelance Reporter

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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.

Recent Stories by Max Rivlin-Nadler

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Homeland Security Head Disputes Agency's Own Report On Illegal Entries

July 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The flow of asylum-seekers being allowed into the US at the San Ysidro Port of Entry for processing was reduced to a near-standstill. The Department of Homeland Security is now giving conflicting messages whether this has led to asylum-seekers to try to scale the border fence.

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New Asylum Rule Leaves Migrants In Tijuana Confused And Desperate

July 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Asylum-seekers in Tijuana expressed a mix of frustration and desperation Tuesday over a new Trump administration rule that would bar most of them from declaring asylum in the United States.

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Trump Moves To Effectively End Asylum At Southern Border

July 15
By Associated Press, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in America.

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Waitlist For Asylum-Seekers In Tijuana Now At Its Highest Number Ever

July 11
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

This week, the list of people waiting to enter the United States through the San Ysidro port of entry reached over 9,000 people.

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San Diego Gang Commission Recommends Ending Controversial Gang Injunctions

July 10
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Last week, the San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention passed a resolution that asks the City Council to immediately release any San Diego residents from decades-old gang injunctions.

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Migrants From Cameroon Protest Immigration Process In Tijuana

July 9
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Over a hundred asylum-seekers from Cameroon blocked the path of Mexican immigration vans Tuesday morning in Tijuana in protest of what they believe to be corruption by Mexican immigration officials.

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Police Arrest Two Activists Filming Officers In Chicano Park

July 3
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

San Diego police officers arrested two activists who were filming them in Barrio Logan last Thursday, leading to a night of protests over the treatment of people who film the police.

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Amnesty International Protests Government Treatment Of Aid Workers At Border

July 2
By City News Service, Max Rivlin-Nadler

Amnesty International held a news conference and protest in San Diego Tuesday to release its latest report regarding the federal government's treatment of humanitarian aid workers at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Imperial Welcomes Home World-Champion Boxer Andy Ruiz Jr. With Parade, Ceremony

June 24
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The heavyweight champ is an inspiration to many in the close-knit community along the border.

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Asylum-Seekers Almost Always Returned To Mexico, Even If They Express Fear

June 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Since January, the Department of Homeland Security has been sending thousands of migrants back to Mexico as U.S. asylum applications are reviewed in the U.S. Migrants are repeatedly saying in court that they’re not safe in Mexico, but are being returned there anyway.

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