Border workers raise concerns over resources

Canadian border workers are raising concerns about resources while officials try to stem the tide of illegal migrants expected to arrive this summer from the US.

Jean-Pierre Fortin, the president of Canada's Customs and Immigration Union, says the government's preparations for another wave of irregular migrants consist largely of reallocating staff from other areas of the country.

He warns it could lead to overworked border staff and longer wait times at entry points across the country.

Fortin pointed to a spike in illegal border crossings over the four-day Easter weekend when about 600 people entered Canada illegally through Quebec.

The union wants the government to commit to hiring more customs and immigration staff but Fortin says the opposite is happening, with the government not replacing every staffer who moves on.

The Immigration Department says it has a national operations plan to deal with spikes in illegal border crossings.