What pet projects are tacked onto immigration reform?

Members of the Gang of Eight slipped in extra provisions to benefit foreign workers their states [UPDATED]

By Jillian Rayfield

Published April 22, 2013 1:15PM (EDT)

Like many bills in Congress, the Gang of Eight's immigration reform bill includes funding for a number of pet projects, designed to protect foreign workers in certain state-centric industries:

From the Wall Street Journal:

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wants more visas for the meat industry, a major employer in his state. Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) pushed for special treatment for Irish workers; his state is home to a large population with Irish ancestry.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio sought help for the cruise-ship industry, a big business in his home state of Florida. And Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado wove in a boost for ski areas.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to clarify that the provisions included in the bill are meant to benefit foreign workers in each state.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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