Inhofe: Immigration reform must 'prioritize' border security

Inhofe also said he would not support an immigration reform plan that grants amnesty to people who are already in the United States illegally.

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“We should also respect those who have worked hard to abide by the legal process to become citizens of our great nation and not institute a plan that simply clears the slate and grants amnesty to the 11 million who are here illegally,” Inhofe said.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said that his committee would likely begin consideration this month of a bipartisan immigration reform plan drafted by eight senators, called the "Gang of Eight." Some Republicans have said they are concerned the immigration reforms would be rushed through committee and to the Senate floor before senators have time to properly consider the bill.

Inhofe said that because of budget cuts from sequestration the administration has made cuts within the Department of Homeland Security, including reduced hours for border patrol agents.

“With the president drastically reducing budgets that impact national security, it’s important that Congress is realistically reviewing what of our resources will be needed to address growing border security concerns,” Inhofe said.

Inhofe and other GOP members argue that before immigration reform is implemented, border security has to improve, otherwise more people will immigrate illegally in hopes of qualifying for citizenship.