US Pulls Out of UN Global Pact on Migration

Trump Boycotts UN Migration Talks
US Pulling Out Of UN Migration Compact, Seeks To Set Own Policy

04 December, 2017

The U.S. has announced it will be leaving the United Nations' Global Compact for Migration due to concerns it undermines U.S. sovereignty.

The decisions withdraw leave GCM comes one day before a global conference on migration is set to take place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been informed of the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to end participation in the process that would achieve the first intergovernmentally negotiated agreement on global migration by 2018, said the U.S. mission to the United Nations in a press statement on Saturday.

The president of the U.N. General Assembly expressed disappointment and regret at Trump's decision, saying in a statement that no single country can "manage global migration on its own".

In a statement, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said: "America is proud of our immigrant heritage".

The US participation in the Compact process began in 2016, following the Obama Administration's decision to join the UN's New York Declaration on migration.

The U.S. has participated in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a 2016 agreement to manage worldwide migration, which was in the process of being adopted as a global compact in 2018.

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According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations migration agency, the signatories of the document, that was to pave the way for the adoption of the global compact for migration in 2018, have pledged to protect the rights and freedoms of migrants, "regardless of their migratory status", facilitate their integration, fight racial and other forms of discrimination.

"We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter the country", she stressed.

Following the September 2016 New York Declaration, the General Assembly started to develop this global compact in April 2017.

He added that the United States "has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome". It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: a global compact on refugees and a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

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

More recently, American pulled out of the Paris-based culture and education body, Unesco, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias".

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the US decision, his spokesman said on Sunday, but expressed hope the United States might re-engage in the talks.

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