U.S. withdraws from UN's Global Compact on Migration

Elias Hubbard
December 3, 2017

The refugee and migration proclamation, which is set to be adopted by participating countries in 2018, "is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty", Haley said in the statement posted on Twitter.

Former US President Barack Obama's administration backed that declaration."The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with USA immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration's immigration principles", Ambassador Haley said.

Numerous provisions of the United Nations declaration are inconsistent with President Donald Trump's immigration principles, the U.S. mission's statement said.

"We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country", Haley stated.

The State Department noted that USA participation in the process began in 2016, "following the Obama Administration's decision to join the UN's New York Declaration on Migration".

Under Trump and his "America First" policies, the United States has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.

According to the US permanent representative to the UN, Nikki Haley, "no country has done as much as the United States". "As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

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

Under Trump, the US has taken hard line on immigration.

The US has already pulled out of the United Nations climate change treaty and Unesco, the cultural heritage body, accusing the latter's leadership of an anti-Israeli bias.

Trump, who has championed the pursuit of a "foreign policy based on American interests", has threatened to quit a number of other global accords, including NATO, NAFTA and the Iran nuclear deal. "As a result, President [Donald] Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach worldwide consensus at the U.N.in 2018". "But our solutions in the field of migration policy should be adopted only by the Americans and no one else", the statement reads.

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