A leading Republican voice on immigration reform says that comments made by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) about illegal immigrants do not reflect the beliefs of the overwhelming majority of House Republican lawmakers and are being given outsized attention by the national media.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who until recently was a member of a bipartisan working group on immigration and is a native of Puerto Rico, said Wednesday that King's comments "were irresponsible and reprehensible. I think what he said was out of touch with the conference. There’s nobody in the conference who would say such a thing and I hope that he, if he thought about it, he wouldn’t say such a thing again."