Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump to Pull US From UN Migration Compact

Trump to Pull US From UN Migration Compact

UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak on Sunday expressed regret over a USA decision to withdraw from the global migration compact, a UN-led process toward safe, orderly and regular migration.

The United States has walked away from a United Nations effort to ease the global migration and refugee crisis, with the Trump administration saying it was no longer compatible with USA principles or priorities on the issue.

This is the second United Nations accord from which the new administration has withdrawn.

Continuing his "America First" approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of a United Nations compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants.

"Today, the United States permanent mission to the UN informed the UN Secretary General that the United States cease its participation in the global agreement on migration", - have informed in the permanent representation.

"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. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country", Haley said.

Louise Arbour, appointed as the UN's special representative to oversee the process, regards the global compact as a chance to shift world opinion on the need to address future migration, in the same way that the United Nations had managed to persuade the world it needed to address climate change. "As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

Despite the US withdrawal, the United Nations should not miss this opportunity to improve the lives of millions of people throughout the world through global migration compact, it said.

The announcement comes ahead of a scheduled three-day conference on the Global Compact on December 4-6 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The compact, expected to be adopted in 2018, is aimed at facilitating safe and orderly migration around the world.

Trump campaigned a year ago on a promise to deport large numbers of immigrants and build a wall on the US border with Mexico to help tackle illegal immigration and crime in the United States.

US AMBASSADOR NIKKI HALEY, on decisions over immigration policies.

The US has already pulled out of the United Nations climate change treaty and Unesco, the cultural heritage body, accusing the latter's leadership of an anti-Israeli bias.

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