Trump: 'Time is right for immigration bill,' open to giving some legal status

President Trump says he'd consider legal status for some undocumented immigrants

Trump indicated openness to moving beyond a strict focus on law enforcement to addressing the legal status of some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. – including a possible path to citizenship for “DREAMers,” who were brought to the country illegally as children.

“Now we have criminals that are here. We have really bad people that are here. Those people have to be worried 'cause they're getting out. We're gonna get them out. We're gonna get 'em out fast,” he added.

The president has said he is most sympathetic to the plight of "DREAMers," saying at a press conference earlier this month that he finds it “very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do."

“I's a very difficult thing for me because, you know, I love these kids. I love kids,” he said.

Immigrant advocates reacted cautiously to the president’s comments.

“We are not ready to praise him or Republicans,” said Cesar Vargas, director of the Dream Action Coalition in a statement. “Before Trump can be taken seriously, we need to see details.”

Congressional Hispanic Caucus chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat from New Mexico, said of Trump's openness to an immigration reform bill, “We’ve been ready.”

ABC News' Ben Siegel contributed to this report.