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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Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Written by on January 12, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 0 Comments
Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Reintroduced in Congress

Bipartisan legislation was introduced today in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate called The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation for three years to individuals who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative created […]

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Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

Written by on January 9, 2017 in DACA/DAPA, Enforcement, High Skilled, Legislation with 0 Comments
Five Things to Look for on Immigration in the 115th Congress

When President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in later this month, for the first time in a decade, the Republican Party will have control of the House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, and the Presidency. In theory, this control allows the Congress to pass and help implement many of the incoming President’s priorities. On immigration, Trump has […]

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Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

Lessons to Be Found in DHS’ 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers

As the Obama Administration comes to an end and its legacy on immigration is solidified, one of the defining characteristics of the President’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws. One of the strongest indicators of that will be how many individuals he actually removed and returned out of the country. […]

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Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Legislation with 0 Comments
Congress Keeps Government Open Until April, Reauthorizes Key Immigration Programs

Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) last week that continues the funding needed to keep the federal government open and running at current levels, but only through April 28, 2017. Previously, the federal government—including many immigration-related agencies and some immigration programs—had only been funded through December 9 by an earlier CR, forcing Congress to act […]

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Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

Written by on December 9, 2016 in DACA/DAPA, Legislation with 2 Comments
Bipartisan Bill to Protect DACA Recipients Introduced

A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill on Friday to temporarily protect individuals eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Senators Durbin (D-IL), Feinstein (D-CA), Graham (R-SC), and Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy (BRIDGE) Act, which would provide work authorization and relief from deportation […]

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Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

Texas Judge Rules Immigration Family Detention Centers Cannot Get Childcare Licenses

A Texas judge issued a final judgment last Friday prohibiting the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from issuing a childcare license to the nation’s largest family detention center, in Dilley, Texas and invalidating the license currently held by Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas. In response, the State of Texas filed […]

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Understanding Donald Trump’s Latest Deportation Threat

Written by on November 14, 2016 in Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Understanding Donald Trump’s Latest Deportation Threat

On Sunday night, President-Elect Donald Trump repeated his pledge to begin deporting undocumented immigrants but he narrowed in on two to three million immigrants who he dubbed “criminal.” He said: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of […]

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A “Know Your Rights” Refresher for Immigrants

Written by on November 10, 2016 in Enforcement with 0 Comments
A “Know Your Rights” Refresher for Immigrants

President-elect Donald Trump has proposed immigration policies that are causing anxiety among immigrants and the immigrant rights community. Much remains unknown about how and when these changes will come. However, our system of checks and balances as well as pushback from the immigrant rights community will ensure that there will be limits on what the […]

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Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Written by on October 28, 2016 in Detention with 0 Comments
Government Detains LGBT Immigrants at Higher Rates

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are more likely to be held in detention by ICE even when their detention is not required. These were the findings released earlier this week from the Center for American Progress (CAP) after analysis of self-identified LGBT individuals […]

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The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

The Changing Face of Those Apprehended at the Southern U.S. Border

This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the total number of apprehensions by the Border Patrol of individuals trying to enter the country without authorization for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The overall number of apprehensions is up from last year, but down when compared to FY 2013 and 2014 and remain at historically […]

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