USA pulls out of global compact on migration

USA pulls out of global compact on migration

Negotiations on the GCM will be based on the New York Declaration, a document adopted by the United Nations in 2016 that commits to "strengthening global governance" and contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with USA law and policy.

The U.S. officials told the United Nations it would withdraw from a global agreement on the treatment of migrants because it is "inconsistent" with U.S. immigration policies.

Under Trump and his "America First" policies, the United States has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.

US President Donald Trump's administration said it was withdrawing the US from an worldwide pact aimed at improving global migration and refugee issues, prompting criticism from the United Nations.

The United States has been part of the talks since they began in April, the outcome of a political declaration in NY by all 193 members of the United Nations past year in favor of protecting the rights of migrants and refugees by assuring their safe resettlement and access to employment and education.

In 2016, after the Obama administration's decision to join the UN's New York Declaration on Refugees, America joined the process of agreement.

"While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders", he continued, stressing that it "is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal".

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Earlier, the UN Secretary-General was informed of this decision of the United States.

He added that the United States "has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

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

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

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

According to a report in Foreign Policy, a group of national security advisers met with President Donald Trump last week to discuss sitting out the conference.

She explained the motives behind the move, saying that such domestic policy matters as migration decisions "must always be made by Americans and Americans alone".

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