“As we have said all along, these lawsuits were completely baseless,” a Disney spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday.
Blackwell vowed to keep fighting for the issue by advocating and creating public awareness, she told reporters at the news conference.
Under President Donald Trump — whom Blackwell accused of not doing enough to help the Disney workers — immigration and the H-1B visa has generated a hot-button political debate.
A primary avenue for skilled immigrants to enter the United States, the H-1B visa is for specialty workers, and is heavily used in the tech industry. About 85,000 visas are issued annually in a lottery system. Some critics argue they are a way for companies to avoid hiring U.S. citizens. Trump himself has said H-1B recipients shouldn’t even be considered skilled.
An Associated Press investigation in 2017 found that some H-1B workers — particularly in jobs such as computer science — are often paid less than their American counterparts.
Blackwell also voiced frustration with politicians, including Trump, for not doing more to create change.
“We truly believed in him,” said Blackwell, a Republican Sarasota attorney who, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, was considering running for a state House seat in 2016 and spoke about the Disney fight at Trump rallies during his campaign. “What has Trump done? Nothing.”