PM's tweet troublesome

To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada 
— Tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Many now believe this well-intended tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau helped to instigate a surge of illegal border crossings into Canada.

I will give the prime minister some credit as he has since modified his message to point out that while “Canada is an opening and welcoming society,” that “We are also a country of laws.”

These more recent quotes were a result of roughly 8,000 recent illegal border crossings into Canada. Keep in mind in Ottawa, the Liberal government refers to an illegal border crossing as an “irregular” border crossing.
Recently at the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, opposition MPs had the opportunity to question senior officials from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to learn more about how this situation was being handled.
The committee learned that in many cases there is an alarming lack of data. As an example, the department had no information of how many people, who entered Canada in 2017 through illegal points of entry, had been found to have criminal backgrounds.

Likewise there is no data on the percentage of asylum claims from those entering Canada illegally, as opposed to legally.
Some information that department could confirm. The government has directed, through ministerial order, that those entering Canada illegally will receive expedited health benefit coverage along with expedited work permits.

This basically means that those who are entering Canada illegally are going to the front of the line ahead of those who enter through legal methods.

Conversely, it has also been revealed that roughly 80 IRCC staff members have been diverted to deal with asylum claims from those who have entered Canada illegally, thus increasing the wait time for those who have legally followed all of the rules to remain in Canada.
My question for this week: 

  • do you think it is a good policy for those who enter Canada legally and follow the rules, to be placed at the back of the line while those who enter illegally receive expedited treatment? 

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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

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