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

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders campaign manager: Don't expect email list to be shared with DNC Perez: ‘We had to rebuild almost every facet’ of DNC Pelosi insists on 'clean' DREAM Act amid Trump furor 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. 

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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: Trump is a 'racist bully' Poll: Oprah would outperform Warren, Harris against Trump in California Democrats continue to dismiss positive impacts of tax reform 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 FeinsteinDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Democrats will need to explain if they shut government down over illegal immigration 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 DurbinMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Ex-Sheriff David Clarke: Trump only one who 'cares about black American citizens' DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor MORE (D-Ill.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Overnight Defense: GOP chair blames Dems for defense budget holdup | FDA, Pentagon to speed approval of battlefield drugs | Mattis calls North Korea situation 'sobering' Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House 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.