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Tea Party Favorite Steve King Blames Ronald Reagan for Obama’s Presidency

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According to a prominent member of the Tea Party, a bill that was passed in the 80s may have led to President Barack Obama being elected.

Rep. Steve King criticized Ronald Reagan’s decision to pass the 1986 Amnesty Act while speaking on Thursday. The bill was supposed to crackdown on security at the Mexican border, but it also basically granted amnesty to any immigrant entering the U.S. prior to 1982.

It has been estimated that 2.7 million immigrants were awarded green cards as a result of the act. King apparently believes that the votes of those immigrants caused Obama to win the past two elections, The Huffington Post reported.

"[T]hey have to admit that Ronald Reagan's signature on the '86 amnesty act brought about Barack Obama's election," King reportedly said while on the House floor.

"[I]t's clear to anybody that can do any kind of statistical analysis that Barack Obama wouldn't be President of the United States without Ronald Reagan's 1986 amnesty act."

CNN reported that 71 percent of Latinos voted for the president and that they represented 10 percent of the overall electorate for the first time in history.

It’s been speculated that is one of the reasons King has been such a vocal opponent of immigration reform. He said on Tuesday that the Senate's immigration bill is "far, far worse than Obamacare."

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Hill