Joshua Breisblatt

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

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Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards

Written by on September 19, 2018 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Two Border Patrol Agents Charged with Murder Highlights the Need for Robust Hiring Standards

For the second time this year, a Border Patrol agent has been charged with murdering multiple people in Texas. Both agents were hired nearly a decade ago amidst a surge in staffing that backfired on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in many ways, resulting in Congress passing an act to improve hiring practices. However, […]

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As Florence Hits US, Trump Administration Diverts Funds for Disaster Relief Towards Immigration Enforcement

Written by on September 14, 2018 in Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
As Florence Hits US, Trump Administration Diverts Funds for Disaster Relief Towards Immigration Enforcement

As Hurricane Florence pummels the southeastern United States, newly released Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents show that a total of $200 million—including $10 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—was transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the summer of 2018. This transfer of funds, which allows the agency to have […]

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New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants

New Government Study Attempts to Undermine Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants

The Department of Justice (DOJ) released “Phase I” of its review of the federally-funded Legal Orientation Program (LOP) this week. The review came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions attempted to end the program in April but was forced to reverse that decision after receiving significant bipartisan pushback from Congress. The LOP, which is managed by […]

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Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now

Federal Judge Allows DACA Renewals to Continue for Now

This week will mark the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s announcement ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Yet, defenders and recipients of DACA are celebrating a decision that came late last week, in which several states attempting to end the initiative were hit with a major setback. On Friday, U.S. Judge Andrew […]

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John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

John McCain’s Legacy on Immigration

The United States Senate and Republican Party lost one of their biggest champions for bipartisan immigration reform and most vocal critics of President Trump’s immigration policies when Senator John S. McCain III (R-AZ) passed away at the age of 81 last week. While McCain will largely be remembered for his 32-year career in the Senate […]

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Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain

Judge Orders A Full Restart of DACA, but Its Future Remains Uncertain

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to restart the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative by August 23. This ruling in the D.C. District Court comes just days ahead of another hearing before a hardline conservative federal judge in Texas, where seven states have challenged the constitutionality of DACA. When President […]

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Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

Despite Bipartisan Amendments, House Committee Passes Enforcement-Focused Bill

The House Appropriations Committee passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that provides the agency with its budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. The bill includes funding for record high levels of detention beds and billions for President Trump’s controversial border wall. Surprisingly, several amendments were attached that provide […]

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USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance

USCIS Is Redefining Who Qualifies For Asylum in This New Guidance

In its latest attack on asylum seekers, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to asylum officers that will make it much harder for victims of domestic violence and gang violence to obtain asylum. The guidance follows a strongly worded opinion known as “Matter of AB” issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last […]

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Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents

Trump Administration Misses the First Deadline to Reunite Children With Parents

After being order last month by a federal judge to reunite the thousands of children it had separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy, the Trump administration said it would not meet the first court-mandated deadline to reunite all children under the age of  five. This admission coincided with a separate federal ruling […]

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USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

USCIS Is Slowly Being Morphed Into an Immigration Enforcement Agency

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued new guidance to initiate deportation proceedings for thousands of applicants denied for any immigration benefit. This policy change will have far-reaching implications for many of those interacting with the agency, but also signals a major shift in how USCIS operates. USCIS was never meant to be tasked with […]

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