Mayor Bill de Blasio, other Democrats renew support for New York State’s proposed ‘Dream Act’

The bill would provide students who are in the U.S. illegally with tuition assistance. (2/24/14)

NEW YORK - Undocumented immigrants with hopes for higher learning are one step closer to achieving that goal thanks to a renewed push for the state's proposed "Dream Act." 

Unforeseen support from Mayor Bill de Blasio and other big-name Democrats has breathed new life into the bill, which backers had largely given up on for this election year. 

The proposal includes a budget appropriation of $25 million to open up Tuition Assistance Program money for students in the U.S. illegally, and who would otherwise be shut out of state financial aid. 

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Its future remains uncertain in the state Senate. Four Senate Democrats haven't publicly weighed in on the bill, which passed easily in the Assembly last year.  

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