Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) indicated Sunday that President Barack Obama will have a difficult time receiving GOP backing for immigration reform.

DeMint said that he would not consider immigration reform before the U.S. borders are secured. DeMint has introduced legislation to complete the fence along the Southwest border.

Obama is holding border security “hostage to his political agenda,” DeMint said on Fox News Sunday. He criticized Obama’s efforts to reform immigration as giving “amnesty” and  “voting rights for those who came here illegally.”