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US pulls out of UN compact on migration

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the country would continue its “generosity” in supporting migrants and refugees around the world, but that “our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.”

world Updated: Dec 03, 2017 21:17 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times, Washington
Refugee,Global Compact on Migration,United Nations
Under Donald Trump and his “America First” policies, the United States has withdrawn from several global commitments made under the administration of president Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.(AFP Photo)

President Donald Trump’s America has pulled out of another global commitment.

The US informed the UN on Saturday that it was “ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration”, a world group started in September 2016 with the adoption of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants by the 193-member UN General Assembly to promote “safe, orderly and regular migration”.

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles,” the US permanent mission to the UN said in a statement.

“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 UN in 2018.”

Since Trump took office in January, the United States has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Accord on climate change and Unesco and forced a renegotiation of a trade pact with neighbours Mexico and Canada.

The announcement to leave the compact came just hours a day ahead of the start of a three-day UN global conference on migration, scheduled to begin on Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said in a statement, “America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our long-standing moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe. No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue.

“But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with US sovereignty.”

According to reports, the decision to withdraw from the pact, which will reinforce Trump’s commitment to America First and underline its hardline position on immigration and refugees, came under pressure from the White House and known hardliners in the administration.

First Published: Dec 03, 2017 09:50 IST