US withdraws from United Nations agreement to establish international rights for migrants
12:30, Monday, 04 December, 2017
The United States is withdrawing from a United Nations declaration intended at protecting the rights of migrants, saying in a notice to the international group that staying in the agreement would be inconsistent with American immigration policy. The decision to withdraw from the so-called New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants — a declaration reached last year — is consistent with efforts by the Donald Trump administration to limit incoming immigration and refugee settlement. The declaration calls for a global compact on migration, which is expected to be adopted next year. In discussing the American withdrawal, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that her country is proud of its leadership on human rights issues, but framed an international agreement as a breach in US sovereignty.“Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” Ms Haley said. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.” The president of the UN General Assembly expressed regret for the US decision to withdraw, saying that no single nation can tackle the issues surrounding migration on its own.