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Report: Illegal Immigrants using 'magic words' to avoid being detained by border security

A U.S. Border Patrol officer body searches an undocumented immigrant after he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and was caught near Rio Grande City, Texas. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Illegal immigrants who are caught by border police or who show up to United States ports of entry are using "magic words" to avoid being deported, according to a new report.

Washington Times correspondent Stephen Dinan explained on Fox Business Tuesday that, thanks to a 2009 policy passed by President Barack Obama, all an immigrant needs to do is show "credible fear" of returning to their home country in order to not be sent back.

Typically, Dinan explained, immigrants will use phrases like, "Yes, I'm afraid to be sent home," or "Please don't send me home."

"It's as simple as that," Dinan said, "and they're instantly put on an asylum track."

However, that's where the problem lies, Dinan said. Because once the immigrant has begun to be processed for asylum, they're typically let free from detainment until their asylum hearing. At that point, many immigrants disappear into the U.S.

Before Obama's 2009 policy, immigrants requesting asylum were held at detention centers, where they could be looked after until their cases were processed. But now immigrants are exploiting the system in order to make a new life in the U.S. without going through the legal immigration process, Dinan explained.

"It's literally one out of every 10 illegal immigrants that the agents and officers are encountering at the border who are now using these magic words. And they're being coached, in particular, first of all somewhat by families that have already reached the United States," Dinan said.

"But also through the smuggling cartels, which are being paid to bring them up here," he added. "The smugglers are saying, 'Hey, use these words and you'll get in.'"

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