Republican Michigan Congresswoman Candice Miller this week criticized the Obama administration for failing to provide better border security, insisting that it was "not rocket scientry."
A bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Eight" -- led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) -- announced Tuesday a comprehensive immigration reform bill that was expected to include a 13-year pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and $5.5 billion in increased spending on border security over 10 years.
Although the bill would reportedly require border security operations to be fully functional before any of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants could apply for permanent residency or citizenship, many conservative Republicans say the bill doesn't go far enough.
In a Tuesday segment on NPR's Morning Edition, several Republican lawmakers said that they flatly opposed comprehensive immigration reform at this time.
"My position would be if you're serious about securing the border, go secure it and then come back and talk to us," Rep. Steve King (R-IA) quipped.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said that some conservatives could be using concerns about the border as an excuse to perpetually oppose reform.