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 Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

Congress Is Checking the Trump Administration on Their Immigration Agenda

After threats of a government shutdown echoed throughout Capitol Hill in early May, Congress finally passed a bill to fund the government through the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Though much of the attention centered on the lack of funding for a border wall and massive detention expansion—there was another aspect to the funding bill […]

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Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Spending Deal Expands Parts of Immigration Enforcement, but Not the Wall or Immigration Agents

Congress reached an agreement this week to fund the government through the rest of the Fiscal Year which ends on September 30, 2017. This agreement does not fund many of President Trump’s immigration priorities like the border wall. However, it does provide additional funding for immigration detention and border security measures.

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Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

Spike in Corruption Followed Last Hiring Surge at CBP and ICE

When President Trump signed three immigration executive orders in January of this year, much of the attention was focused on the travel ban and border wall. But within those orders is another proposal that is equally troubling: his call for hiring 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. […]

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Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

Written by on April 21, 2017 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Undocumented Immigrants Without Criminal Records Are Being Targeted, Despite Claims

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly stated this week that DHS is not targeting undocumented immigrants simply for being undocumented. Kelly asserted that the department is focusing on people that are undocumented “plus,” categorizing this as an immigrant that has another factor—such as criminal activity—that makes them a priority beyond their undocumented presence […]

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Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Sessions Reveals Plan to Ramp up Prosecutions of Low Level Immigration Offenses

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a shift in policy for the Department of Justice on Tuesday, directing U.S. Attorneys to prioritize criminal immigration enforcement and drastically expand federal court prosecutions of immigration violators across the nation. Operation Streamline and other border enforcement programs—where some border crossers are referred by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to […]

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Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Enforcement with 2 Comments
Congress Goes to Recess with No Action on Immigration

President Trump’s campaign promise to ramp up immigration enforcement and build a beautiful wall along the southern border have found little support on Capitol Hill. As  Congress leaves for spring recess it’s unclear which of the President’s immigration promises they are willing to help him fulfill. Permanent changes to immigration policy have always been up […]

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Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

Written by on April 5, 2017 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
Congress Grills Homeland Security Secretary Kelly in Contentious Oversight Hearing

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee this week. During the hearing Secretary Kelly attempted to clarify some of DHS’s controversial positions as they relate to immigration enforcement, extreme vetting, family separation, and the building of a border wall. Secretary Kelly noted early […]

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Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

Homeland Security Unions Testify in Support of More Staff but Not a Border Wall

As part of the President’s immigration executive order on Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. With record numbers of ICE officers and Border Patrol agents already in place, it is unclear […]

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President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Seeks Billions of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released a preview of his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget request this week, as well as a request for supplemental funds for this current year (FY 2017). These proposals would begin to fund a border wall and increase immigration detention and deportations. Both requests would also expand the already record levels of immigration […]

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The Government Is Seeking Feedback on Plans to Build a 30 Foot Concrete Wall on Border

Written by on March 9, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
The Government Is Seeking Feedback on Plans to Build a 30 Foot Concrete Wall on Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is expected to issue a formal solicitation notice seeking ideas on how to design and build various types of wall structures along the Southwest border with Mexico. Currently, DHS has not publicly announced an estimate for how much a wall along the entire 1,954 mile border with […]

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