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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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Bill To Ban Private Lockups Would Impact Immigrant Detention In San Diego

Sept. 13
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new bill passed by the state legislature on Wednesday bans the use of private prisons and detention centers in California. For San Diego that could mean finding a different place to keep more than a thousand detained migrants.

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ACLU: Supreme Court Ruling Puts Asylum-Seekers In Danger

Sept. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Tijuana is home to thousands of migrants waiting to ask for asylum in the United States. Now many of them will be turned back after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted an injunction on a new Trump administration policy

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San Diego Immigration Courts Lead Nation In Returning Asylum-Seekers To Mexico

Aug. 27
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new report shows the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy has dramatically expanded in San Diego and other border locations.

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Congolese Asylum-Seeker Reunited With Family After Almost Two Years Apart

Aug. 26
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

An asylum-seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo was reunited with his family in San Diego on Sunday after almost two years in ICE detention.

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Asylum Hearings Rescheduled As Judges Prioritize 'Remain-In-Mexico' Program

Aug. 23
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Asylum-seekers in San Diego often have to wait years for a final hearing in front of an immigration judge. This week, the government abruptly rescheduled many of those cases, as it began to prioritize the cases of asylum-seekers they’ve sent back to Mexico.

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National City Prepares For 2020 Census After Undercount In 2010

Aug. 22
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Officials and business leaders in National City are aiming to avoid a repeat of the 2010 census when, they believe, their immigrant-heavy city was under-counted.

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US Attorney's Office Made Thousands Of Improper Prosecutions To Achieve 'Zero Tolerance'

Aug. 20
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In July, an appeals court found that more than 4,000 illegal immigration convictions were improper. The decision to charge migrants under the wrong statute was prompted by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy.

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San Diego's Chaldean Community Reeling After Deported Chaldean Man's Death In Iraq

Aug. 19
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Earlier this month, Jimmy Aldaoud, a Chaldean man from Michigan, died shortly after being deported to Iraq. He was one of the first Chaldeans, a group of Iraqi Christians, to be deported to Iraq following a 2017 agreement between Iraq and the United States.

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UN Observer Calls For 'Moratorium' On Criminalizing Homelessness In San Diego

Aug. 15
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

For the past three days, Canadian attorney Leilani Farha, the United Nations special rapporteur on adequate housing, has been touring the streets of San Diego, talking to people dealing with the city's unprecedented housing crisis.

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New Rule Could Lead To Decline In Legal Immigration

Aug. 12
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The government has finalized a new rule that would disqualify immigrants from legal residency if they've used a variety of public benefits.

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