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Washington Times reporter Stephen Dinan said Tuesday that illegal immigrants have been coached to use so-called "magic words" when apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents in order to be temporarily released into the country.

Dinan told Melissa Francis that under current federal policy, if an illegal immigrant expresses a "credible fear" of returning to his or her home country, they can gain entry while an asylum request is processed.

Most times the asylum claims are found to be unsubstantiated, but Dinan said that often takes two or three years and by that time, some can "disappear into the shadows."

Dinan said that prior to a 2009 policy change by the Obama administration, such migrants would be held in detention centers while their cases were processed, allowing officials to keep them in custody.

But, with the "exponential increase" in the number of people showing up at the border, the current protocol can be easily abused by criminals and terrorist sympathizers to gain access to the United States, he said.

Dinan noted that smuggling operations are taking advantage of the asylum policy. 

"The Border Patrol chief actually testified to Congress last week and said, 'Hey, we know this is a problem, we need to change this policy,' but the political chiefs at Homeland Security have refused to suggest changes to Congress," said Dinan.

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