DNC vice chair calls for Dems to back 'clean' DREAM Act

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonSpending bill prevents employers from pocketing tips under tip-pooling rule Democrats leave Capitol to join student gun protest Federal prosecutors charge three in Minnesota mosque bombing MORE (D-Mich.) on Friday called on Democrats to support a "clean" DREAM Act.

"If you are a Democrat who doesn't like a clean DREAM Act, we're going to have some problems. And don't count on me to protect you. You're on your own with that," Ellison told Democrats in Pennsylvania in video obtained by the Republican National Committee.

"That's right, a clean DREAM Act. And there cannot be one single politician in the state of Pennsylvania who is in a state of confusion about how you feel. We're going to make it perfectly clear to all of them on a repeated basis. And yes, we have a litmus test," he said. 


President TrumpDonald John TrumpScarborough mocks 'Deflection Don' over transgender troop ban Pelosi condemns Trump's 'cowardly, disgusting' ban on transgender troops Trump moves to ban most transgender people from serving in military MORE announced last year that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in March, which permits certain immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children to work and go to school without fear of deportation.

The DREAM Act would provide those immigrants with a path to citizenship and several top Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren battles Carson: Housing discrimination 'the scandal that should get you fired' Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (D-Mass.), have called for a "clean" bill.

Trump said on Tuesday he wants a “bill of love” to address the Obama-era DACA program, while appearing to voice support for Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack Feinstein, Harris call for probe of ICE after employee resigns Jeh Johnson: Media focused on 'Access Hollywood' tape instead of Russian meddling ahead of election MORE's (D-Calif.) proposal of a "clean" DACA fix in brokering a deal to avoid a government shutdown.

While a bipartisan group of senators indicated this week that they clinched a deal to address those affected by Trump's DACA decision, they faced pushback from the president and GOP leadership.

Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTop Senate Dems demand report from Trump on UK nerve agent attack 'Dreamers' fix blocked in Senate GOP leaders to Trump: Leave Mueller alone MORE (D-Ill.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBernie Sanders to Trump: Firing Mueller 'an impeachable offense' The Memo: Lawyer’s exit signals harder line by Trump Senators introduced revised version of election cyber bill MORE (R-S.C.) were told on Thursday during a meeting at the White House that the president was not ready to sign the bill.