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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Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Muslim Ban

Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Muslim Ban

The Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Trump v. Hawaii on Tuesday, upholding the third iteration of the president’s Muslim Ban. The decision by the closely divided court, which allows the travel ban to remain in effect, drew a blistering dissent from Justice Sotomayor and civil rights groups around the country. In the 5-to-4 […]

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The Trump Administration Is Choosing to Separate Children From Their Parents Every Day

The Trump Administration Is Choosing to Separate Children From Their Parents Every Day

Every day under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is choosing to separate children from their parents. Despite claims by the administration to the contrary, the separation of families could stop today if the Attorney General and DHS chose to end the policy. In the past few days, there […]

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What Happens When Migrant Children Are Taken Into U.S. Custody?

What Happens When Migrant Children Are Taken Into U.S. Custody?

The glut of stories surfacing about family separation and the increasing number of migrant children being taken into U.S. custody is deeply concerning. In the past, children detained in shelters had arrived at the border without an adult. Now, however, the U.S. government is making children unaccompanied by intentionally separating them from their parents upon […]

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DHS Prosecutes Over 600 Parents in Two-Week Span and Seizes their Children

Written by on May 25, 2018 in Abuses, Asylum, Border Enforcement with 0 Comments
DHS Prosecutes Over 600 Parents in Two-Week Span and Seizes their Children

Following implementation of a “zero tolerance” policy by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ), where migrants who enter without inspection are referred for criminal prosecution, a DHS official announced that 638 parents who crossed with children had been prosecuted in just a 13-day span this month. The admission raises a […]

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Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Oppose Revoking Work Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Holders

In a rare show of bipartisanship, 130 members of Congress sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirsten Nielsen urging her to maintain the current regulation granting work authorization to spouses of H-1B visa holders. This letter is part of an  effort by lawmakers to sway the Trump administration, which has made […]

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Confused About the Current Status of DACA? Here Is What You Need to Know

Confused About the Current Status of DACA? Here Is What You Need to Know

The Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative set off a slew of lawsuits attempting to stop the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from terminating the initiative. Much of that litigation has been successful—as a result, DHS is still accepting DACA renewal applications. However, a new lawsuit led by […]

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Government to Criminally Prosecute More Migrants and Separate Them From Their Children

Government to Criminally Prosecute More Migrants and Separate Them From Their Children

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they will be stepping up prosecutions of individuals along the southern border. There is much folly in deciding in advance to criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the border. But what is most troubling is the likely prosecution of asylum seekers and the increase […]

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The Government Is Filing Charges Against More Migrants Than Ever Before

The Government Is Filing Charges Against More Migrants Than Ever Before

  The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it filed criminal charges on Tuesday to prosecute some migrants who recently crossed the border and were reportedly once a part of the caravan. The vast majority of the migrants from the caravan are asylum seekers fleeing persecution, grave violence, and the risk of death. Unfortunately, these attempts […]

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Justice Department Will Not Halt Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants, Reversing Course for Now

Justice Department Will Not Halt Legal Orientation Program for Detained Immigrants, Reversing Course for Now

Just two weeks after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a suspension of the Legal Orientation Program (LOP), Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified today that DOJ will reverse course and continue the program—at least for now. The announcement was made while testifying before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science, which oversees the […]

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New Border Policies Could Have a Big Impact on Families, Children, and Asylum Seekers

Written by on April 10, 2018 in Border Enforcement, Detention, Enforcement with 0 Comments
New Border Policies Could Have a Big Impact on Families, Children, and Asylum Seekers

Undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border increasingly consist of asylum seekers fleeing record levels of violence in Central America. But the Trump administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis has been unforgiving. In fact, the administration has recently made two policy announcements with the goal of further criminalizing immigrants apprehended crossing the border, as well as […]

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