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11/21/2014 01:21 pm ET Updated Nov 21, 2014

Fox Host Links Immigration Reform With Upcoming Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

President Barack Obama unveiled a bold immigration reform policy Thursday night, an expected move Fox News' "The Five" discussed on the show hours earlier.

While the group took issue with various aspects of the measure, panelist Eric Bolling added a peculiar bit of analysis to the discussion, specifically regarding the timing of Obama's announcement.

Bolling speculated the administration is counting on discord from a grand jury decision on the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to overshadow any fallout from immigration reform.

“Can I be a little conspiracy theorist for a minute?” Bolling began. "[Obama]’s going to do [push immigration reform] because he promised his based he was going to do it, so he’s got to get it done. That would mean he has to get it done by the end of the year. There are about six weeks left before the end of the year, right?"

“So why now? What’s coming down the pike very soon, within hours, maybe days?" He asked rhetorically, then answered: "Ferguson."

"So, [Obama] does this. We all go, ‘Oh my gosh, he just did it,’" Bolling continued, "and then something happens in Ferguson and everyone goes, ‘Uh oh, forget the amnesty thing, let’s go see what’s going on in Ferguson.' And then two or three weeks down the road we all go, ‘Did he just slip amnesty in without us really talking about it too much?’”

“I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy," he concluded with a hand wave, acknowledging the speculative nature of his theory.

"I think you might be a little crazy," fellow panelist Dana Perino chimed in, "because I think that the timing had a lot more to do with the Latin Grammys than anything else. I think that's very smart, that's a good PR tactic."

H/T Mediaite

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