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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The Invisible Wall That President Trump Has Already Built

The Invisible Wall That President Trump Has Already Built

Legal immigration and the number of foreigners visiting the United States has taken a serious hit within the last year, as the Trump administration makes changes to policies and procedures without any Congressional action or approval. These actions have already had a disturbing, cumulative effect as the administration begins to severely limit flows of immigrants […]

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Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement, News Flash with 0 Comments
Senate Confirms Kevin McAleenan as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The United States Senate has confirmed Kevin McAleenan to serve as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. McAleenan has been a member of CBP leadership since 2006, serving as the port director of Los Angeles International Airport and then as acting Assistant Commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations overseeing the agency’s 329 ports […]

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The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers

The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers

The United States Senate had a golden opportunity this week to legislate a permanent solution for Dreamers—however a week that began full of hope ended as a dud, with no bill passing and the president’s immigration proposal receiving a strong rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike. The week began with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) […]

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The Senate Misses a Key Opportunity to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers

The Senate Misses a Key Opportunity to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers

The U.S. Senate failed again to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers on Thursday when it rejected multiple bipartisan bills. The Senate voted on three different proposals that would have provided a permanent solution for Dreamers. One proposal was an attempt to pass the White House immigration framework, which only secured 39 votes. While it […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

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Bills Introduced in Both Chambers Provide Common Sense Solution for Dreamers

Bills Introduced in Both Chambers Provide Common Sense Solution for Dreamers

Senators McCain (R-AZ) and Coons (D-DE) introduced the United and Securing America (U.S.A) Act in the Senate this week, which includes a permanent solution for Dreamers as well as border security measures. While the recently released White House immigration framework has not enjoyed bipartisan support, versions of this bill in the House of Representatives and […]

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State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

State of the Union Speech Highlights President Trump’s Vision for Massive Reductions in Immigration

President Trump gave his first State of the Union address to Congress this week, during which he shared his vision for America’s future immigration policy—and it’s bleak. The address echoed much of the White House’s restrictive immigration framework released last week, which envisions a path to citizenship for the 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the […]

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Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

Decoding the White House Immigration Framework

After President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative, he instructed Congress to pass legislation to protect Dreamers. However, Congress had to wait for direction from the White House on what type of legislation the president would sign into law. Finally, on Thursday, his administration released their framework on immigration reform and […]

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What the Government Reopening Means for Dream Act Legislation

Written by on January 22, 2018 in Benefits & Relief, DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
What the Government Reopening Means for Dream Act Legislation

The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Monday to reopen the federal government after assurances by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that there will be an open debate and vote in the Senate on a legislative solution for Dreamers by February 8, when this most recent continuing resolution runs out. Unfortunately, this inaction is more of the same […]

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Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen Struggles With the Facts at Senate Oversight Hearing

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, where she was grilled by Senators on negotiations around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), rumored upcoming DHS policies, agency enforcement actions, and much more. While much of the media attention around this hearing focused on whether Secretary Nielsen […]

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