"President Trump further swept the debate over ‘dreamer’ protections into confusion Thursday when he said he was not considering allowing hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to become citizens, putting him at odds with top congressional Democrats who believed he supported the idea.
‘We’re not looking at citizenship,’ Trump told reporters on an airport tarmac in Florida, where he was scheduled to check in on relief efforts following Hurricane Irma. ‘We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here. … We’re talking about taking care of people, people who were brought here, people who’ve done a good job,’ he said.
The comments challenged top Democrats’ understanding of his position following a dinner Wednesday night, where they said Trump agreed to pursue a deal protecting a segment of illegal immigrants under the so-called DREAM Act, which includes a long-term path to citizenship. The deal would also include tougher border security measures in lieu — for now — of a border wall."