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. 

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.