"It's going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years".
Trump is also asking Congress for a $25-billion (U.S.) trust fund to pay for a southern border wall and enhanced security at ports of entry and along the U.S.
This includes widespread bipartisan support for Dreamers. Because people love the DREAMers, but don't want the government shut down for it.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., who in 2001 first sponsored the DREAM Act to provide legal status to the young immigrants, also praised the president. "It's up to the Democrats, but they should not be anxious".
I don't believe there should be a standalone deal on DACA.
"After decades of inaction by Congress, it's time we work together to solve this issue once and for all", Sanders said.
The White House will be releasing a legislative framework on immigration Monday.
Cornyn also said on the Senate floor Wednesday that Congress will need at least two more short-term spending deals before Democrats and Republicans can come to any sort of agreement to fund the government, raise spending caps, address immigration and DACA, and fund disaster relief.
Many fine people are writing to express their thoughts on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - some for, some against.
DACA, which was instituted by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama in 2012, protects the Dreamers from deportation. "That's another issue that's been held hostage by this unrelated immigration issue known as DACA, which everybody has heard so much about", The Hill quoted Cornyn.
Schumer was referring to an offer he made Trump last week to authorize upward of $20 billion for his border wall, a signature campaign pledge for the President, in exchange for protecting recipients of DACA, young undocumented immigrants who came to the USA as children. Lindsey Graham supports the existing DACA proposal, which provides a pathway to citizenship for undocumented residents who qualify for the program.
"President Trump's support for a pathway to citizenship will help us get strong border security measures as we work to modernize a broken immigration system", Graham said in a statement.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday talks on immigration and border security were "starting over" after he and the White House have exchanged a series of blows about President Donald Trump's border wall.
"Cryin' Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA".
Exactly how a pathway to citizenship will sit with conservative Republicans remains unclear. That doesn't mean, however, that both parties shouldn't still make getting protections for immigrants brought here without documents as children a priority.
But the White House rejected Schumer's offer and after the government reopened from a weekend shutdown, Schumer rescinded the offer.
Asked about citizenship, Trump said, "We're going to morph into it".