President Barack Obama has “essentially ordered the Border Patrol to stand down,” Rep. Steve King says.

The Iowa Republican, speaking with me at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC,  said Americans shouldn’t be surprised that more illegal immigrants seek to enter the country.

“That’s what law is about, a deterrent. So when you reward people for breaking it, you have more lawbreakers,” King told me in an on-camera interview. “And this is about restoring respect for the rule of law. That’s what we must do as conservatives.”

President Reagan didn’t get it right on this, King said, although he otherwise “reveres” the 40th president.

Check out the video for the rest of what he had to say.