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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.

Recent Stories by Max Rivlin-Nadler

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San Diego Migrant Shelter Moves To What Could Be A Permanent Location

Jan. 21
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Once seen as a short-term solution, a shelter that has helped thousands of asylum seekers has found a new home in Linda Vista, and it might be there to stay.

The destroyed border garden in Imperial Beach o...

Border Patrol Reverses Stance On Demolished US-Mexico Friendship Garden

Jan. 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

After bulldozing the U.S. side of the longstanding garden, Border Patrol now says it will let gardeners rebuild.

A vehicle drives into the Otay Mesa detention c...

Asylum-Seeker Sues US Government After Miscarriage In Detention

Jan. 16
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A Salvadoran asylum-seeker has filed a lawsuit against the government after she suffered a miscarriage in custody at a private detention facility in Otay Mesa.

Little Haiti in Tijuana, where thousands of Hai...

Haitians In Tijuana Look Back At A Decade Of Displacement Following 2010 Earthquake

Jan. 14
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Ten years ago this past Sunday, Haiti was rocked by an earthquake that left at least 100,000 people dead. Since, thousands of Haitians have come to America's southern border, only to find themselves marooned in Tijuana.

A homeless encampment in Spring Valley on Janua...

Homeless Encampment In Spring Valley Shows Spread Of San Diego's Homeless Crisis

Jan. 7
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A homeless encampment of more than fifteen tents is growing alongside a park in Spring Valley, a sign of San Diego’s worsening homeless crisis.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher ...

New Documents Shed Light On How SEAL Team Turned In Eddie Gallagher

Dec. 27, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Hours of recorded interviews with Gallagher’s team members, text messages between them, and a body cam recording of the moment right before Gallagher allegedly stabbed a wounded ISIS fighter were included in the trove of documents leaked to the New York Times.

USC Song Girls on a float at the 2019 Holiday B...

Thousands Brave Cold Weather For Holiday Bowl Parade

Dec. 26, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

Despite the weather in the 50s and 60s, thousands of college football fans still made out to the annual parade ahead of Friday's Holiday Bowl game between No. 22 USC and No. 19 Iowa.

A man who only gave his first name as Ariel, of...

Immigrant Legal Service Providers Sue Over 'Asylum-Free Zones'

Dec. 23, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

In a federal lawsuit, legal providers argue the immigration court system, under the Trump administration, has made successful asylum claims far too difficult for immigrants.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders holds a rally at...

Bernie Sanders Hosts Immigration Rally At San Diego Border

Dec. 20, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

The Vermont Senator held a rally focusing on his immigration policies in San Ysidro on Friday evening.

Above: 401 W. A Street in downtown San Diego, w...

Asylum-Seekers Are Missing Their Court Dates When They 'Remain In Mexico'

Dec. 19, 2019
By Max Rivlin-Nadler

A new report shows that the Remain in Mexico program is driving down the number of asylum-seekers who show up for their immigration hearings.

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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.