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US Withdraws from UN Global Compact on Migration

04 December 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been informed of the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to end participation in the process that would achieve the first intergovernmentally negotiated agreement on global migration by 2018, said the U.S. mission to the United Nations in a press statement on Saturday.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama's administration backed the resolution, known as the New York Declaration, which also asked U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi to propose a global compact on refugees for adoption in 2018.

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

Ms. Haley, a child of Indian immigrants, emphasized in the statement that "America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe".

The withdrawal is consistent with the president's America First policies.

While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders.

The US has been a part of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was formed past year.

In September a year ago, the 193 members of the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they have access to education and jobs.

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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.

"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 global migrants in the world", Miroslav Lajčák said. "This should not disrupt the clear, unanimous outcome of the New York Declaration for such a global compact".

Earlier, the UN Secretary-General was informed of this decision of the United States.

As a result, President Donald Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach global consensus at the UN in 2018.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has announced Washington's withdrawal from the process to create a global compact aimed at facilitating worldwide migration, as it goes against the American idea of sovereignty.

Trump has vowed to erect a border wall between the USA and Mexico, ramp up arrests of illegal immigrants and slow down legal immigration into the U.S.

Significantly, the Trump Administration has separated from many global commitments including the UNESCO and Paris climate agreement.

US Withdraws from UN Global Compact on Migration