MLI managing director Brian Lee Crowley was on CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon to discuss the surge of asylum seekers from the United States (starts at 11:09).

The problem is the failure to send a clear message that people without legitimate claims will be sent home quickly. The Prime Minister’s statements and tweets have only contributed to this problem of confused messaging.

According to a recent Angus Reid poll, 53 percent say the Canadian approach is too giving and generous to people who cross the border illegally.

As Crowley notes, “Canadians get to decide who comes in, that we do it in a fair way and we do it in accordance with rules.”

He also noted that President Trump’s more punitive policies towards immigrants or illegal immigrants, which have sparked some of the recent upsurge, have been consistently blocked by the judiciary.

“The United States is still a country that is governed by the rule of law.”