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Border 'Loophole' Allows Hundreds to Flow From Mexico to U.S. if They Say 'Key Words

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"Will swamp the system."

U.S. Border Patrol agent Richard Funke looks for footprints from illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.- Mexico border on December 7, 2010 near Nogales, Arizona. Although a new fence has been built along the majority of Arizona's border with Mexico, critics have called for fencing of the entire stretch. Much of the unfenced terrain is in remote and mountainous areas. Although illegal immigration has slowed all along the U.S. Mexico border, Border Patrol officials say the Tucson sector remains the most heavily trafficked in the nation. (Image source: Getty Images)

A "loophole" is allowing hundreds of people to pass from Mexico into the United States if they recite "key words" at the border -- prompting so much overflow that one processing station had to shut down last week, KSAZ-TV reported.

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About 200 people went through the Otay Mesa crossing in San Diego on Monday alone, saying they had a "credible fear" of the drug cartels.

"They are being told if they come across the border, when they come up to the border and they say certain words, they will be allowed into the country," one official who did not want to be identified told KSAZ. "We are being overwhelmed."

Former U.S. attorney Peter Nunez, now with the conservative Center for Immigration Studies, called it a "huge loophole" that "will swamp the system."

"To make our system even more ridiculous than it has been in the past," he said. "There are no detention facilities for families, so the family would have to be split up. We don't want to split families up, so we end up releasing people out into the community on bond, on bail."

Nunez said there needs to be an emergency policy change, "otherwise we will have thousands coming in."

(H/T: Drudge Report)

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