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United States pulls out of UN's pact on migration

05 December 2017
United States pulls out of UN's pact on migration

Trump's decision to end America's "participation in the Global Compact on Migration" was disclosed on Saturday by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

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

The American pullout from the pact is scheduled for the end of 2018, AFP reported.

The statement also claims that this program could undermine the enforcement of USA immigration laws.

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

According to Tillerson, the USA supports global cooperation on migration issues, but sovereign states bear the main responsibility for ensuring that migration is safe, orderly and legal.

The Trump administration's decision to pull out of the agreement was met with disappointment by the U.N.'s President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, who said in a statement that no country "can manage global migration on its own".

In 2016, the UN General assembly had unanimously adopted the NY declaration for refugees and migrants.

The refugees and migration compact is the fourth initiative the United States has withdrawn from this year.

"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 worldwide migrants in the world", Miroslav Lajčák said.

Sovereignty surrendered to the United Nations or to any other governing body whether it be through resolutions or trade agreements, are not compatible with the U.S. Constitution which in Article 4, Section 4 guarantees to each state a "republican form of government".

It calls for the negotiation of a global compact on migration, which is expected to be adopted next year. And part of this agenda, Haley told the United Nations, involves ensuring that the US maintains its national sovereignty when entering into agreements with other countries.

The stocktaking meeting being held in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, follows an intensive preparatory process around the world to inform the development of the global compact.

In 2016, the administration of Barack Obama, who was then President of the United States, chose to join the NY Declaration on migration. It should be a broad tool, based on recognized standards, that help guide public policies of the States and establish bases for cooperation, ' he said.

The United Nations received a bit of unwelcome, though probably expected news from the White House this weekend via U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.