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Trump to Pull US From UN Migration Compact

04 December 2017

The United States Mission said in its statement that it had informed Secretary General António Guterres that "the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration".

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.

"But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone", said Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

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.

She said, "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country". She said that the global view in the New York Declaration is not favorable to American sovereignty.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres regretted the US decision, his spokesman said on Sunday, but expressed hope the United States might re-engage in the talks.

The United States notified the United Nations that it will no longer take part in the global compact on migration, saying it undermines the nation's sovereignty.

He added that the U.S. "has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome".

Migrant-rights advocates expressed a mix of shock and bafflement at the Trump administration's announcement, asserting that nothing proposed in the Global Compact would be mandatory.

The Trump White House also has moved to distance itself from some key United Nations agencies over political issues, including Unesco - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - and the United Nations Population Fund, the world's leading provider of family-planning services.

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Three days of preparatory talks begin in Mexico on Monday ahead of the start of formal negotiations in February over the non-binding pact. Haley reportedly said the US should continue to take part in the negotiation process. "As a result, President 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", said the press statement of the USA mission to the United Nations.

Kevin Appleby, the worldwide migration policy director at the Scalabrini worldwide Migration Network, a New York-based advocacy group, said the Trump administration was "more interested in appeasing a small minority of Americans than working with the world on a pressing global issue".

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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Trump to Pull US From UN Migration Compact