"I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally", Cruz told reporters, according to Bloomberg. "It's going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years". "I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive, after a period of years, of being able to become a citizen".
The President has already said that he'd like Congress to tackle four areas in any immigration deal: DACA, border security including money for some version of Trump's campaign pledge of a border wall, the visa lottery and family reunification or what he calls chain migration.
The acknowledgment is the first time Trump said that he would support the policy for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shielded roughly 800,000 people, collectively known as "Dreamers", from deportation.
"We can not let those who are anti-immigrant, who call giving the Dreamers hope 'amnesty, ' block us".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday withdrew an offer to fund Trump's border wall.
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"The president has indicated a willingness to extend citizenship to 1.8 million individuals as part of this immigration reform package", a White House official told Politico.
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren echoed the group's tough statement on Thursday, calling Trump's proposal "insulting".
During the meeting with reporters, Trump also explained what he's looking for on his long-promised border wall, saying that "if you don't have a wall, you don't have DACA". The White House calls it a "dramatic concession" to Democrats.
Trump repeated his previously stated conditions for a immigration deal: curtailing family preferences in immigration, abolishing the visa lottery program, and building a border wall.
He said, however, that if a deal is not struck by then, the issue would be taken up in debate on the Senate floor.
One senior Republican aide said Trump was "giving away the farm" with the framework. Durbin and the rest of our congressional delegation to show their leadership and hold Senate majority leader McConnell to his promise to move DREAM Act legislation forward and to push Speaker Ryan to get that legislation out of the House. In September 2017, Trump had ended the programme and allowed the Congress to replace it by March 2018. "And I think they're willing to shift more, and so am I", Trump said, referring to Rep.
Around three dozen senators from both parties met privately Wednesday, and two top lawmakers said they'd try crafting a compromise bill based on colleagues' suggestions.
One official said the Thursday release represents a plan for the Senate, with the administration expecting a different bill to pass the House. Their fate is hinging on negotiations in Congress, where a February 8 deadline to pass a government spending bill is fast approaching.