This evening I was watching CNN’s Lou Dobbs and saw an interview with correspondent Bill Tucker where both Dobbs and Tucker referred to the H-1B as being for low-skilled workers.  The exact quote from Bill Tucker (thanks to my handy DVR) was “H-1Bs go to low-skilled workers.”  For a show that spews anti-immigrant rhetoric day in and day out, this demonstrates a lack of research or basic understanding of the H-1B visa from both the show’s correspondent and host.  BTW, Dobbs always says that he only opposes ILLEGAL immigration, however this piece directly criticized the legal temporary H-1B program and those who support expanding it.

H-1B, in short,  is a nonimmigrant classification used for an alien who is/will be employed temporarily in a specialty occupation.   The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor.  How is this for “low skilled workers”? 

The H-1B visa is not for “low-skilled workers” as Dobbs’ show purports it to be.  It is one thing to poison the immigration debate day in and day out with opinions that are anti-immigrant, it is another to misstate the facts and allow the misstated facts to stand as news on a reputable network such as CNN.    

Author: Bradley Maged

I'm Brad Maged, an immigration lawyer in Boston, Massachusetts. I help people who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. This blog provides opinion and information on developments in immigration law. Thanks for reading!

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