President Donald Trump says he's open to a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.

Trump told reporters, "We're going to morph into it. It's going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years."

Trump was talking about the young immigrants who had been protected from deportation and given the right to work legally in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trump announced he was ending DACA last year, but has given Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.

Trump says he's confident that he can reach a deal on the issues.

He says the immigrants known as "Dreamers" shouldn't be worried.