USA withdraws from Global Compact for Migration

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December 4, 2017

USA withdraws from Global Compact for Migration

Trump decided to stop the country’s membership in the UN’s Global Compact for Migration, declaring that it violates the USA’s sovereignty, The Voice of America reports. 

On December 2, the US Department of State declared that the treaty “contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles. As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process.” 

The USA’s United Nations ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, who declared about this intention in the United Nations, emphasized: “America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe. 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 Compact was adopted by 193 member states of the UN in 2016 during the UN General Assembly as the New York declaration for refugees and migrants. By this non-binding document, the member states undertook to develop the new approach to migration and refugees, and to adopt a final global migration pact on 2018. 

It should be reminded that the United States also declared about the decision to withdraw from UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.