US Withdraws from UN Global Compact on Migration

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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.

"The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with USA immigration and refugee polices and the Trump Administration's immigration principles", she said in a written statement tweeted by the U.S. mission to the UN.

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

Continuing his "America First" approach to foreign policy, President Donald Trump has pulled the USA out of a United Nations compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants. 'But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone'.

The U.S. has announced it will be leaving the United Nations' Global Compact for Migration due to concerns it undermines U.S. sovereignty.

This is the second United Nations accord from which the new administration has withdrawn.

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".

As far as United States internal matters, the U.S. 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 USA illegally as minors. These commitments are known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

The withdrawal comes days before a global conference on migration that starts Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. "As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome". "As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach worldwide consensus at the UN in 2018", the U.S. statement said.

During his election campaign, President Trump warned that refugees allowed into the United States could become a great "Trojan Horse" that could harm America if left unchecked.

The US had earlier this year also announced to withdraw from the Paris agreement which aims at respoing to the global climate change threat by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. "But our solutions in the field of migration policy should be adopted only by the Americans and no one else", the statement reads.

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