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 Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Written by on December 21, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation, News Flash with 0 Comments
Congress Fails to Act on Protection for Dreamers In 2017

Today, Congress agreed to continue funding the federal government at current levels through January 19, 2018, but it will not address a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers this year. Despite strong bipartisan support for including a legislative fix for Dreamers in the spending bill, Congress punted the issue to next year. Some in Congress argue that they have until March to pass […]

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Homeland Security Watchdog Conducts Surprise Inspections of Immigrant Detention Centers

Written by on December 15, 2017 in Abuses, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Homeland Security Watchdog Conducts Surprise Inspections of Immigrant Detention Centers

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) released a report which found that Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention facilities are violating their own detention standards when it comes to housing immigrants. The OIG, which serves as a watchdog division for DHS at large, found that ICE was providing insufficient protection […]

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DHS: Immigration Arrests Inside the U.S. Spiked While Border Crossings Dropped to Record Lows

DHS: Immigration Arrests Inside the U.S. Spiked While Border Crossings Dropped to Record Lows

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has publicly released immigration enforcement data for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which shows that apprehensions at the border are at their lowest levels in over 45 years, while arrests in the interior of the country have increased. The data for FY 2017 covers the final four months of the […]

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The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

The Senate Has Confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen as Secretary of Homeland Security

This afternoon, the United States Senate confirmed Kirstjen Nielsen to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As Secretary, she will oversee an ever-growing agency which includes the enforcement and services functions of immigration, airport security, disaster relief, the Secret Service, and more. During her confirmation hearing, Nielsen largely committed to carrying […]

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Senate Releases Homeland Security Funding Bill as Battle Over the Dream Act Looms

Senate Releases Homeland Security Funding Bill as Battle Over the Dream Act Looms

With the deadline for government funding fast approaching, the Senate Appropriations Committee finally released its draft version of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) funding bill—and Congress is feeling the pressure. Not only does Congress need to pass a bill by December 8 to keep the government open, but some Democrats are willing to withhold […]

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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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