US Quits UN Global Compact on Migration: ‘We Will Set Our Own Policy’

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The United States notified the United Nations that it will no longer take part in the global compact on migration, saying it undermines the nation’s sovereignty.

The US has been a part of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was formed last year. The declaration aims to ensure the rights of migrants, help them resettle and provide them with access to education and jobs.


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Fulfilling another of President Trump’s campaign promises, the United States announced they will no longer participate in the global compact on migration.

The Trump Administration’s argument is that it jeopardizes national security and the nation’s sovereignty.

The agreement is new, signed by former President Barack Obama just last year. It’s called the “New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.” The goal was to ensure the rights of migrants, help them resettle in participating countries and provide them with access to jobs and an education.

In justifying the withdrawal on Saturday, the Trump Administration said there are provisions in the pact that are inconsistent with the nation’s immigration policies.


Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, said America is proud of its leadership on migration and refugee issues, but the global approach is not compatible with our sovereignty, CNN reports.

Haley said Trump made the decision, and emphasized that Americans should determine their own policies on immigration.

“Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” she said. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.”

The president of the UN General Assembly expressed regret at the US decision, saying no one nation can manage international migration alone.

“The role of the United States in this process is critical as it has historically and generously welcomed people from all across the globe and remains home to the largest number of international migrants in the world,” UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajčák said in a statement.

“As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome.”

The US participation in the process started last year “following the Obama Administration’s decision to join the UN’s New York Declaration on Migration,” according to the United States Mission to the UN.

The withdrawal comes days before a global conference on migration that starts Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The United States has already pulled out of the UN climate change treaty and UNESCO, the UN’s cultural heritage body, accusing it of anti-Semitism.

Of course, the pullout from the migration compact is largely symbolic. The UN never had any illusions they could control the immigration policies of any member state.

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the U.N. in 2018,” the U.S. statement said.

Haley said the country would continue its “generosity” in supporting migrants and refugees around the world, but that America needs to make their own decision on immigration and refugee policies.


The withdrawal comes days before a global conference on migration that starts Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.