Donald Trump pulls U.S. out of United Nations global compact on migration

Donald Trump pulls U.S. out of United Nations global compact on migration

Donald Trump pulls U.S. out of United Nations global compact on migration

The U.S. on Saturday pulled out of a United Nations agreement on migration and refugees, informing the governing body that it intends on deciding immigration policies for itself.

"The United States has made a decision to end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM)", Tillerson said in a statement.

The migration announcement came two days before a United Nations conference on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in which the United States had been expected to actively participate.

In September of 2016, the members of the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding declaration committed to upholding the rights of refugees that sought to enhance global coordination on migration. It is the beginning of a process to draft a multilateral agreement that covers all aspects of safe, orderly and regular migration.

On the agenda for the three-day meeting are discussions on the global, regional, subregional and national perspectives; perspectives from stakeholders; an "Idea Lab" session which includes "TED Talks" on data and evidence, public perceptions and narratives, and migration and identity; and follow-up and implementation.

"We look forward to the outcome of Mexico and the start of formal negotiations in February", the U.N.'s Dujarric said. The U.N. considers a migrant to be anyone who changes their country, regardless of the reason.

Mr. Trump's United Nations ambassador, Nikki R. Haley, said in the statement announcing the withdrawal that the declaration contained "numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump administration's immigration principles".

The aim is to publish a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration next year in time for adoption by the United Nations general assembly in September. "Migration is a truly global phenomenon, neither a unique gift nor burden on any one set of countries", she added.

The United States "is proud of our immigrant heritage and our long-standing moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe", Haley said in a statement released Saturday night by the US mission to the United Nations.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said, "America is proud of our immigrant heritage and long-standing leadership" on supporting migrants and refugees.

"It is the global nature of migration that brings us here on Monday", said Arbour, noting that migration's inherent worldwide nature necessitates a global response and, at the same time, noted that it does not contradict a State's sovereign right - subject to worldwide and domestic law - to manage who enters and stays within its borders.

While the USA is proud of its leadership on migration and refugee issues, the global approach is not compatible with the nation's sovereignty, according to Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN.

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