President Obama kicks off serious immigration talks with members of Congress this afternoon.
One of the challenges is finding a way to relieve pressure on employers who depend on immigrant workers, but cannot get enough temporary worker visas from the government.
Helen Krieble, founder of a think tank that has been working on the issue for seven years, has an answer she calls the "red card solution."
It would allow workers to apply for jobs through temp agencies in their home countries.
After they have been fingerprinted and their criminal records checked, U.S. employers could hire them.
The workers would pay taxes and be afforded the same labor protections American citizens enjoy.
Krieble told CBN News the process would free up border patrol to catch criminals.
"Because, anybody who is a decent person who wants a job in the United States goes through the process and through the gate," she said. "That leaves the bad guys at the border and our agents can focus on those people camouflaged by good, honest people who simply want jobs."
Krieble says she has received interest in her plan from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.