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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States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination

States and NGOs Sue Trump Administration Over DACA Termination

With the Trump administration announcing it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative on Tuesday, a number of states, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and DACA recipients immediately went to federal court in attempt to stop its termination. In the two days since the administration called an end to DACA, three lawsuits have been […]

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Illinois Takes Steps to Protect Local Law Enforcement from Federal Government Infringement

Written by on September 1, 2017 in Enforcement, State and Local with 0 Comments
Illinois Takes Steps to Protect Local Law Enforcement from Federal Government Infringement

The State of Illinois has taken steps to push back on the Trump Administration’s efforts to force local law enforcement into doing the job of federal immigration enforcement officers. Governor Rauner signed legislation in August that would limit local and state police cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), while the City of Chicago filed […]

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USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

USCIS Adds Extra Hurdles for Legally Residing Immigrants

The Trump administration continued its attack on legal immigration this month, announcing that it will start requiring additional in-person interviews for tens of thousands of individuals who have already undergone extensive screening and have been successfully living and working in the United States for years. These unnecessary interviews are likely to add to already significant […]

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Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

Civil Rights Concerns Continue Over 287(g) Immigration Enforcement Program

Racial profiling often runs rampant in communities that have mobilized their law enforcement officers to act as immigration officials, with the Hispanic community frequently faring the worst. A new report from the Center for Migration Studies (CMS) confirms this dynamic. Their analysis of the impact of immigration enforcement on the Hispanic population of Fredrick County, […]

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Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel

Government Watchdog Questions Need for More ICE and Border Patrol Personnel

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report calling into question the need for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and 5,000 Border Patrol Agents as outlined in President Trump’s January executive orders. The report noted that ICE and CBP had no operational plans to justify […]

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Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

Who Is in and out Under the RAISE Act

The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act) seeks to dramatically reshape American immigration by favoring youth and a narrow set of skills over family values and diversity. It does so by virtually eliminating all family-based legal immigration categories, except for some immediate relatives. In addition, it eliminates the Diversity Visa, which […]

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Administration Unveils Legislation That Cuts Legal Immigration in Half and Abandons Family Values

Administration Unveils Legislation That Cuts Legal Immigration in Half and Abandons Family Values

The administration revealed legislation this week that seeks to drastically reshape American immigration, moving away from the family based immigration tradition that has both shaped our immigration policies for centuries and promoted family reunification, towards one that reduces people to numbers and rankings through a narrow and rigid point system. The Reforming American Immigration for […]

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House Commits 1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars to Elusive Border Wall

Written by on July 31, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
House Commits 1.6 Billion Taxpayer Dollars to Elusive Border Wall

The House of Representatives passed a spending bill last week which included $1.6 billion for expansion of a southern border wall. The bill, which passed largely along party lines, will now move to the Senate where Democrats have emphatically said they oppose any border wall funding. In May, the administration submitted a proposed budget to […]

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Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it now has hired 326 immigration judges, 53 more judges than July 2016, yet during that time the immigration court backlog has grown. According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) the reason for this may be due to the fact that […]

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Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. The Dream Act, if passed into law, […]

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