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

Democratic National Committee Vice Chairman Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonWhite candidates are never asked how they win minority-majority districts, says first Muslim congresswoman-elect Ellison resigns from DNC after winning Minnesota attorney general race Ellison wins Minnesota attorney general race despite controversy 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 TrumpMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Avenatti denies domestic violence allegations: 'I have never struck a woman' Trump names handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa 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 WarrenNearly six in ten want someone other than Trump elected president in 2020: poll Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader Merkley seeking to change Oregon law so he can run for president and Senate in 2020: report 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 FeinsteinCongress needs to wake up to nuclear security threat Democrats in murky legal water with Whitaker lawsuits Pavlich: Where is Brett Kavanaugh’s apology? 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 DurbinTrump throws support behind criminal justice bill Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader Criminal justice reform faces a make-or-break moment MORE (D-Ill.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators return to Washington intent on action against Saudis Bill to protect Mueller blocked in Senate McConnell: Mueller probe should be allowed to finish 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.