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

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonOvernight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus Hillicon Valley: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | Sparks fly at hearing on social media | First House Republican backs net neutrality bill | Meet the DNC's cyber guru | Sinclair defiant after merger setback 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 TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin 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 WarrenOn The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal On The Money: Trump rips Fed over rate hikes | Dems fume as consumer agency pick refuses to discuss border policy | Senate panel clears Trump IRS nominee Dems fume as Trump's consumer bureau pick refuses to discuss role in border policy 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 FeinsteinSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate 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 DurbinSenate approves resolution warning Trump not to hand over US officials Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate Senate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE MORE (D-Ill.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamQuestions mount over Trump-Putin discussions The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia Overnight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria 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.