>> President Donald Trump sends out mixed signals on the dreamers, as congress looks for an immigration deal. I'm Andy Sullivan in Washington, where Trump has once again scrambled expectations on immigration. Saying he's now open to a pathway to citizenship for some illegal immigrants, less than a week after he walked away from that idea.
That's complicating negotiations on Capitol Hill. Nobody seems to know where the President stands on what's supposed to be his signature issue. Is he a nationalist true believer or the give a little, get a little deal maker that he says he is. Trump told reports at the White House that he'd support a new law that would allow young immigrants who came to the country illegally as children to qualify for citizenship.
Calling it an incentive for those who had worked hard for 10 or 12 years first.>> I think it's a nice thing to have the incentive of, after a period of years, being able to become a citizen.>> White House officials say 1.8 million people would be affected.
That group, known as the dreamers, now face possible deportation because Trump stripped away their legal protections. His remarks Wednesday cheered senators from both parties who are working on a compromise, like Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Dick Durbin. But Trump's words set off alarms among immigration hardliners who blasted the idea as amnesty.
Trump also laid down some conditions. He said he wants $25 billion for his border wall with Mexico and new restrictions on some types of legal immigration. Making it harder for US residents to bring relatives from overseas. And ending a separate program known as the visa lottery that primarily draws immigrants from Africa.
The White House is expected to put the terms on paper on Monday. That could set the parameters for debate on Capitol Hill if Trump sticks to the script. Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer say Trump accepted and then rejected a similar deal last Friday prompting democrats to shut down the government.
>> Negotiating with this White House is like negotiating with Jello.>> In recent weeks, Trump has told lawmakers he would sign anything they brought him on immigration. And then he set off a diplomatic uproar by saying he wanted immigrants from Norway, not countries in Africa. Trump has repeatedly expressed sympathy for these young immigrants who face deportation.
And he and lawmakers will try to find a solution in the weeks to come, even as they face yet another deadline to fund the government. Democrats and Republicans say that their task will be harder if they don't know for sure what the President wants.>> Today's been a very