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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Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety

Deputizing More Local Cops to Target Immigrants Will Erode Public Safety

In a sweeping effort to increase local law enforcement’s role in immigration enforcement, the Trump administration is preparing to increase the number of officers who are authorized to act as federal immigration enforcers through additional 287(g) agreements. These agreements are named for the provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act that authorizes the agency to […]

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Trump’s Nominee for DHS Secretary Commits to Continuing Kelly’s Legacy on Immigration Enforcement

Trump’s Nominee for DHS Secretary Commits to Continuing Kelly’s Legacy on Immigration Enforcement

The nominee to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Kirstjen Nielsen, had her confirmation hearing before senators on Wednesday, during which she promised to largely carry on the legacy of her predecessor, General John Kelly. This included limiting President Trump’s plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Echoing […]

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Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Border Wall Prototypes Complete, Next Steps Unclear

Border apprehensions, which is the main indicator used to examine how many people are attempting to enter the United States are at record lows not seen since the 1970s. A September report released by the Department of Homeland Security also indicates the U.S.-Mexico border is now more secure than ever before. Yet despite these trends, […]

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

Written by on October 24, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Nominee to Head Border Enforcement Agency

The Trump administration’s pick for the next Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, appeared before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday for a confirmation hearing. Senators peppered the nominee with questions about how he would lead the largest law enforcement agency in the United States and his work in […]

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Attorney General Sessions Attacks Asylum Seekers and Calls for More Fast-Track Deportations

Attorney General Sessions Attacks Asylum Seekers and Calls for More Fast-Track Deportations

During a public appearance at the Department of Justice on Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called on Congress to curb due process for immigrants by making it more difficult for an individual to seek asylum and to increase fast-track deportations. In his speech, Sessions focused heavily on America’s long-standing system that provides asylum to those […]

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The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall

Written by on October 5, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
The House Approves $10 Billion for Trump’s Border Wall

In an effort to fulfill the harsh requirements of the immigration executive order released during the Trump administration’s first week in office, the House Homeland Security Committee passed the Border Security for America Act, H.R. 3548, out of committee on a party line vote on Wednesday. The timing of the Committee’s vote is significant—it likely […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS

Written by on October 5, 2017 in News Flash with 0 Comments
The Senate Has Confirmed Lee Francis Cissna as Director of USCIS

The United States Senate confirmed Lee Francis Cissna to be Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Cissna will oversee the agency in charge of adjudicating and issuing most immigration-related requests into the United States including the Trump administration’s termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In his confirmation hearing, Cissna pledged his commitment […]

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A Variety of Legislation Has Been Introduced in Congress to Protect Dreamers

A Variety of Legislation Has Been Introduced in Congress to Protect Dreamers

The announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative has hit home for many. The public has demonstrated a strong distaste for taking away young, undocumented immigrants’ work permits and targeting them for deportation. Thus the clock is now ticking and pressure is on Congress to pass a permanent solution […]

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Government Says Border Security Is Tougher Than Ever

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Government Says Border Security Is Tougher Than Ever

The Trump administration has repeatedly called for increased security along the United States southern border with Mexico, but a new report released earlier this month from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disputes the need for such measures. The agency’s report details how the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure than ever before, contradicting the claim […]

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New Anti-Immigrant Bill Creates Over-Broad ‘Gang’ Penalties, Putting Even Churches at Risk

New Anti-Immigrant Bill Creates Over-Broad ‘Gang’ Penalties, Putting Even Churches at Risk

This week House Republicans are set to vote on yet another anti-immigrant bill that attempts to scapegoat immigrants and grant far reaching enforcement powers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), instead of working to find a permanent solution for Dreamers at risk of deportation since DACA has been rescinded. The bill, H.R. 3697, the […]

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