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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Homeland Security Secretary Tells Congress Immigration Executive Order Should Have Been Delayed

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Executive Action with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Secretary Tells Congress Immigration Executive Order Should Have Been Delayed

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified for the first time since being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in front of the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday in a hearing titled “Ending the Crisis: America’s Borders and the Path to Security.” While the hearing was supposed to focus on border security, much […]

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Congressional Efforts to Repeal Immigration Executive Orders

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Executive Action, Legislation with 0 Comments
Congressional Efforts to Repeal Immigration Executive Orders

Since President Donald Trump announced his immigration executive orders last month on border security, interior enforcement, halting all refugee admissions  and banning nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days, there has been strong reaction by the public, litigators and on Capitol Hill. Members of the U.S. House of […]

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Will Congress Fund President Trump’s Executive Order on Border Enforcement?

Will Congress Fund President Trump’s Executive Order on Border Enforcement?

President Donald Trump’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements executive order is an attempt to fulfill his campaign pledge to build a wall at the southern border, to provide additional resources to Border Patrol agents, to curtail due process at the border, and to increase detention along the southern border, including for those who are […]

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U.S. Mayors Issue Powerful Pro-Immigrant Resolution

Written by on January 23, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Reform with 0 Comments
U.S. Mayors Issue Powerful Pro-Immigrant Resolution

The United States Conference of Mayors approved a resolution last week calling for immigration reform, the continuation of programs that protect DREAMers and the need for adopting a more welcoming approach to immigration. The United States Conference of Mayors is a non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 people or more, of which there […]

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Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
Jeff Sessions Affirms Anti-Immigrant Views at Confirmation Hearing

Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated to be Attorney General by President-elect Donald Trump, endured a 10-and-a-half-hour confirmation hearing this week where he answered questions on a wide range of issues from voting rights and immigration to anti-trust litigation. During his time in the Senate, Sessions has worked towards further restricting legal immigration, drastically […]

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Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate called The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation for three years to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative created […]

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Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Written by on January 9, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in later this month, for the first time in a decade, the Republican Party will have control of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. In theory, this control allows the Congress to pass and help implement many of the incoming President’s priorities. On immigration, Trump has […]

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Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

As the Obama Administration comes to an end and its legacy on immigration is solidified, one of the defining characteristics of the President’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws. One of the strongest indicators of that will be how many individuals he actually removed and returned out of the country. […]

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Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) last week that continues the funding needed to keep the federal government open and running at current levels, but only through April 28, 2017. Previously, the federal government—including many immigration-related agencies and some immigration programs—had only been funded through December 9 by an earlier CR, forcing Congress to act […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Written by on December 9, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 2 Comments
Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill on Friday to temporarily protect individuals eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senators Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), and Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation […]

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