Price said the first step to rebuilding that trust would be to secure the border.
The congressman's comments, if accurate, suggest that it'll be a tough slog for proponents of a pathway to citizenship to pass the policy in the House. It would require Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to permit an immigration bill to come to the floor without the support of half his conference -- an approach he has typically rejected and shown little appetite for.
Price advocated for a piecemeal -- as opposed to comprehensive -- approach to reform.
"Wouldn't we be better off in the area of immigration if we had done a bill every Congress for the last few? Wouldn't we be further ahead?" he said. "I do believe [we should] have the issue be solved in portions as opposed to this comprehensive overall solution that clearly hasn't worked in the past and I don't see it working now."
Price is one of the more conservative members of the House and has served in leadership positions. He lost a bid this year to be GOP Conference Chairman. He has a long opposed a pathway to citizenship and voted against benefits and incentives for unauthorized immigrants.