PHOENIX - U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a new guest worker program that would address a gap between temporary visa programs for seasonal workers and programs for highly-skilled immigrants.
The program is called the "Willing Workers and Willing Employers Act."
It would let workers who have less than a bachelor's degree come to the U.S. to do year-round, non-farming work.
Flake said potential employers would have to try to hire U.S. citizens to fill their openings first.
Then, only if they can't find a U.S. citizen to take it, employers would then be able to bring in someone from outside the country.
Companies would also be required to screen potential employees through the e-verify system.