Sen. Charles Schumer is pushing new legislation aimed at keeping the brightest minds from abroad in New York.
Schumer joined members of the city's tech industry at the New York General Assembly on Broadway to unveil the "BRAINS Act."
The law would make it easier for tech-savvy foreign students to stay in the United States after college.
Schumer said the country already faces a growing shortage of highly-skilled tech workers and the problem is getting worse.
"We have to do something about it because our companies warn us that if they can't find the people they need to help engineer a new American economy of innovation, they're gonna go somewhere else and we will cease to be the world's economic leader."
During the conference, Schumer called the country's current immigration policy "dumb."
He also said the new law would benefit New York in particular because it's a global city that's attractive to foreigners.