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 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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Trumps Calls in the Troops to the Border—But No One Knows What For

Trumps Calls in the Troops to the Border—But No One Knows What For

President Trump first announced via tweet—and later a signed proclamation—that he plans to send the National Guard to the nation’s southern border. And yet, at the same time, he acknowledged that border apprehensions (which are used to gauge how many people are attempting to cross the border) are at a 46-year low. Some have questioned […]

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Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

Immigration Judge Quotas Could Result in Assembly Line Justice

In a controversial move, the Department of Justice recently announced new case completion quotas for immigration judges. These new quotas will result in time constraints and pressure for judges to reach decisions quickly, impacting individuals’ ability to have a fair day in court. The Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), the DOJ component that runs […]

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Congress Reaches A Deal to Fund Government for the Year Without Solution for Dreamers

Congress Reaches A Deal to Fund Government for the Year Without Solution for Dreamers

This week Congress passed a $1.3 trillion bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year, running through September 30, 2018. Though the legislation includes record levels of immigration enforcement, detention beds, and additional funds related to a border wall, the bill failed to provide President Trump with the funds to […]

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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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