There is no "right way" to claim refugee status.
Offering to dob in the people smugglers is a stroke of political brilliance - let them in, they are better at politics than the ones we've got.
We are where we are and who we are because of how we have exploited those who are fleeing their homelands (mostly). We owe them something, despite UN treaties.
I will think thinkier thoughts, but this couldn't wait for contemplation.