OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin says her office has been notified that Fort Sill is being considered as a place to house up to 1,200 minors who are living in the country illegally.

Fallin said in a news release that the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed her office on Friday that the Army base could be used to house minors who illegally enter the U.S.

Fallin said she is "dismayed" by information.

"The Obama administration today informed the state of Oklahoma that Fort Sill will be housing up to 1,200 unaccompanied minors who came into this country illegally. While they have assured my office this arrangement is temporary, the Obama administration continues to fail in its duty to protect our borders and continues to promote policies that encourage, rather than discourage, illegal immigration. I am dismayed by what appears to be an endless cycle of illegal immigration, temporary housing and eventual amnesty for those who have broken our laws. Today's news is the latest in a long line of policy missteps that the American people are paying for," said Governor Fallin.

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole and Senator Jim Inhofe have released statements opposing the plan to house the minors at Fort Sill.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.