Ingraham: White House yanked immigration plan defense from show

Fox News host Laura Ingraham said on her show Friday that no White House official would appear on “The Ingraham Angle” to defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE’s recently-unveiled immigration plan.

“It’s not the plan I would want,” Ingraham told her viewers, opposing the proposal. “We invited any White House official on to the show tonight. We were told we were going to have one, and then they pulled him at the last minute.”

“I want to hear from the White House on this,” she continued. “We hope to have someone on Monday.”

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The White House unveiled details of the immigration plan Thursday. The plan includes a path to citizenship for 1.8 million immigrants who are covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as those who are eligible for DACA but did not apply.

In exchange for those protections, Trump will seek $25 billion in funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The money would be placed in a trust fund, preventing it from being reallocated by a future Congress.

The plan also includes changes to the legal immigration system, including barring U.S. citizens and permanent residents from sponsoring any family members other than spouses and minor children for migration to the U.S. 

The plan has won some praise from Republicans, including Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) Cotton: Reducing mandatory minimum sentencing isn’t reform, it’s jailbreak MORE (R-Ark.) and Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.).

But Trump’s proposal has drawn heat from some conservatives, including the conservative Heritage Action group, which called the plan a “nonstarter.”

Trump’s plan was also panned by Democrats, with Sen. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezDems urge tech companies to remove 3D-gun blueprints Dem senators introduce resolution calling on Trump to stop attacking the press Booming economy has Trump taking a well-deserved victory lap MORE (D-N.J.) calling it “dead on arrival” and Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzGOP leader criticizes Republican senators for not showing up to work Senate takes shot at Trump, passes resolution affirming 'press is not the enemy of the people' Pentagon’s No. 2 official: Trump’s ‘Space Force’ could cost 'billions' MORE (D-Hawaii) saying there is “no public policy justification” for the proposed legal immigration changes.