Colin Carrie, MP for Oshawa

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Canadians expect our immigration system to be compassionate and fair. However, since Justin Trudeau tweeted #welcometoCanada last year, over 20,000 asylum seekers have illegally crossed into Canada. It is expected that upwards of 400 individuals per day will cross during the summer months. Under the Safe Third Country Agreement, those seeking asylum must do so in the country where they first arrived. This prohibits people coming from the United States from seeking asylum at an official port of entry in Canada. However, this does not apply when people cross at unofficial entry points. Instead of committing to closing the loophole, the Liberals continued their band-aid approach to the issue by prioritizing work permits for illegal border crossers over those that entered the country legally.