U.S. quits United Nations global compact for migration as 'inconsistent' with sovereignty

In a statement released late on Saturday, the USA mission to the United Nations noted that President Donald Trump made the decision.

Trump's decision to end America's "participation in the Global Compact on Migration" was disclosed on Saturday by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.

Thus, the global compact for migration becomes yet another piece of Obama's global legacy dismantled by the Trump administration along with the Paris Climate Accord and, possibly, the Iranian nuclear deal, which is still intact but hanging in the balance.

The U.S. has participated in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a 2016 agreement to manage worldwide migration, which was in the process of being adopted as a global compact in 2018.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Hayley said: "America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our longstanding moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe".

In 2016, the 193 members of the United Nations general assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the NY declaration for refugees and migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they had access to education and jobs.

The UN states that the nonbinding New York Declaration "expresses the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights, and share responsibility on a global scale".

Following the September 2016 New York Declaration, the General Assembly started to develop this global compact in April 2017.

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 announcement comes ahead of a scheduled three-day conference on the Global Compact on December 4-6 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It paves the way for the adoption of two new global compacts in 2018: a global compact on refugees and a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.

As far as U.S. internal matters, the USA president has taken a much more hardline stance on illegal immigration, scrapping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in September and giving Congress six months to pass a law regulating the status of some 700,000 immigrants who came into the United States illegally as minors.

More recently, American pulled out of the Paris-based culture and education body, Unesco, accusing it of "anti-Israel bias".

  • Jon Douglas