Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday he's willing to attach the DREAM Act to more popular bills in order to allow 800,000 people brought to the United States illegally as children to stay in the country.
Schumer reiterated his push for a vote on a standalone DREAM Act bill, calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to put the bill up for a vote.
However, the New York Democrat said he is ready and willing to attach the DREAM Act to other pieces of legislation to get it passed.
"If a clean DREAM Act does not come to the floor in September, we're prepared to attach it to other items this fall until it passes," Schumer said while speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and a horde of Democratic lawmakers.
"I want to cut to the chase — the president's decision to end DACA was heartless and it was brainless," Schumer said.
Pelosi took aim specifically at a tweet Trump sent out Tuesday evening where he said if Congress does not pass anything to support DACA recipients, he will "revisit" the issue.
"He had to overturn what President Obama did because it wasn't constitutional or legal. But if Congress doesn't act, he will do that — constitutional and illegal as he may consider it to be," Pelosi said.
Trump has given Congress six months to figure out a solution for DACA recipients as a part of the program's phase out.