Joshua Breisblatt

Joshua Breisblatt is a Policy Analyst at the American Immigration Council. Prior to joining the Council he worked at the National Immigration Forum for over four years where he was Manager of Advocacy and Policy. In that role, Josh was the Forum’s main point of contact with U.S. government agencies and the U.S. Congress. He also specialized in border issues, including enforcement, civil rights, oversight of Customs and Border Protection, and trade and commerce at U.S. ports of entry. Josh earned his J.D. from The George Washington University School Law and his B.S. from Arizona State University. Prior to attending law school, he worked for Former Congressman Harry Mitchell from Arizona.

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Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 1 Comment
Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

The House of Representatives passed The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act  (H.R.2213) on Wednesday evening. The measure—which passed the House by a vote of 282-137, which includes 51 yes votes from Democrats and no opposition from Republicans—is designed to weaken Customs and Border Protection hiring standards by exempting some applicants from polygraph testing before being hired. […]

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Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

For the third time in five years the House Judiciary Committee has passed a draconian interior enforcement immigration bill out of committee on a party line vote. Immigration advocates and Democratic members aptly called it the “Mass Deportation Act.” The bill mimics earlier, failed versions of the bill. However, with President Trump’s tough talk on […]

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President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Detention, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 this week, which seeks to solidify the harsh proposals laid out in his immigration executive orders.  The budget aims to fund the beginnings of a border wall, as well as increase immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. If approved, these requests would […]

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Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

After a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS for Haitians, which was due to expire in the next 60 days, was just extended for six months by the Trump administration. […]

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By Eliminating the Polygraph Test, Corruption among Border Agencies Could Run Rampant

By Eliminating the Polygraph Test, Corruption among Border Agencies Could Run Rampant

The House and Senate Homeland Security Committees took action this month on two nearly identical bills that seek to fast-track the hiring of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers and Agents by weakening CBP hiring standards. If passed, these bills would eliminate critical polygraph requirements that are widely used in federal law enforcement, a measure […]

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Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

After threats of a government shutdown echoed throughout Capitol Hill in early May, Congress finally passed a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Though much of the attention centered on the lack of funding for a border wall and massive detention expansion—there was another aspect to the funding bill […]

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Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Congress reached an agreement this week to fund the government through the rest of the Fiscal Year which ends on September 30, 2017. This agreement does not fund many of President Trump’s immigration priorities like the border wall. However, it does provide additional funding for immigration detention and border security measures.

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Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants simply for being undocumented. Kelly asserted that the department is focusing on people that are undocumented “plus,” categorizing this as an immigrant that has another factor—such as criminal activity—that makes them a priority beyond their undocumented presence […]

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Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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