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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Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

Data Shows Prosecutorial Discretion Grinds to a Halt in Immigration Courts

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last month that it now has hired 326 immigration judges, 53 more judges than July 2016, yet during that time the immigration court backlog has grown. According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) the reason for this may be due to the fact that […]

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Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

Dream Act of 2017 Introduced With Bipartisanship in the Senate

The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before the age of 18. The Dream Act, if passed into law, […]

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House Committee Funds Administration’s Super-Sized Immigration Enforcement

House Committee Funds Administration’s Super-Sized Immigration Enforcement

In the first week of his presidency, through executive orders, the president laid out harsh proposals for immigration enforcement and border security. However, much of what the president proposes to do requires generous amounts of taxpayer dollars allocated by Congress. In May, the president submitted a proposed budget which provides record levels of funding for […]

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Private Land Is Being Seized in Texas to Build the Border Wall

Written by on July 14, 2017 in Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Private Land Is Being Seized in Texas to Build the Border Wall

The House of Representatives unveiled their Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, which allocates $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall along the entire Southern border with Mexico. However, being provided the funds is not enough to complete the project. To achieve a complete and uninterrupted border […]

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Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Attacking Sanctuary Cities and Criminalizing Immigrants Passed by the House

Written by on June 30, 2017 in Interior Enforcement, Legislation with 0 Comments
Two Anti-Immigrant Bills Attacking Sanctuary Cities and Criminalizing Immigrants Passed by the House

The House of Representatives passed two harsh immigration enforcement bills this week, both of which had the adamant backing of President Trump. The anti-immigrant bills, which passed largely along party lines, are an attempt to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities and increase penalties for those who re-enter the country unlawfully. The two bills, “No […]

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Travel Ban Bars Grandparents, Grandchildren from Entering US – The Lawsuits Practically File Themselves

Written by on June 29, 2017 in Executive Action, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Travel Ban Bars Grandparents, Grandchildren from Entering US – The Lawsuits Practically File Themselves

The Trump administration is set to begin implementing part of its long-touted travel ban on Thursday, which seeks to ban the entry of nationals of six Muslim-majority countries for at least 90 days and suspend the admissions of all refugees for at least 120 days. This implementation was prompted by a Supreme Court decision earlier […]

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Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

Written by on June 7, 2017 in Abuses, Border Enforcement, Enforcement with 2 Comments
Congress Lowers Hiring Standards for Corruption and Abuse Plagued Border Patrol

The House of Representatives passed The Anti-Border Corruption Reauthorization Act  (H.R.2213) on Wednesday evening. The measure—which passed the House by a vote of 282-137, which includes 51 yes votes from Democrats and no opposition from Republicans—is designed to weaken Customs and Border Protection hiring standards by exempting some applicants from polygraph testing before being hired. […]

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Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

Trump’s Mass Deportation Plan Is Passed by the House Judiciary Committee

For the third time in five years the House Judiciary Committee has passed a draconian interior enforcement immigration bill out of committee on a party line vote. Immigration advocates and Democratic members aptly called it the “Mass Deportation Act.” The bill mimics earlier, failed versions of the bill. However, with President Trump’s tough talk on […]

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President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Detention, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
President Trump Unveils Harsh Immigration Budget Proposals

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 this week, which seeks to solidify the harsh proposals laid out in his immigration executive orders.  The budget aims to fund the beginnings of a border wall, as well as increase immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. If approved, these requests would […]

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Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

Haitian Nationals Will Receive Temporary Protected Status for 6 More Months – But Then What?

After a massive earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, nationals of the country have been allowed to live and work in the United States under an immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS for Haitians, which was due to expire in the next 60 days, was just extended for six months by the Trump administration. […]

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