Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said Thursday that the immigration debate is "ironic" because Democrats want to make the U.S. like the countries immigrants are fleeing from.

"To me, the most ironic thing about this whole debate is that most of the people who come to the United States illegally, they come here because they are fleeing countries where the law is not enforced and yet, some people on the other side want to turn this country into the countries that they are fleeing from," Labrador said.

Labrador's comments came during a press briefing with Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to discuss Republican House immigration bills being voted on Thursday. Labrador was named chairman of the House Judiciary immigration and border security subcommittee on Wednesday.

"We need to enforce a law and we need to make sure the American people feel safe and secure," Labrador said.