‘Decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans…,’ says Nikki Haley as the US withdraws from the Global Compact on Migration

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Nikki Haley said the accord’s policies “are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles.”

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The US informed United Nations on Saturday that it is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration. Formed in September 2016, the agreement was set on the insistence of United Nations to discuss and ensure cooperation among countries with regard to issues related to migration and refugees.

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles,” said a press statement from US mission to the UN. “As a result, President Trump determined that the United States would end its participation in the Compact process that aims to reach international consensus at the UN in 2018.”

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Talking on the disengagement, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said the country will formulate its own policies to decide on migration.

“America is proud of our immigrant heritage and our long-standing moral leadership in providing support to migrant and refugee populations across the globe. No country has done more than the United States, and our generosity will continue,” Haley said. “But our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country. The global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.”

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President of the General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak expressed regret on Trump administration’s decision to boycott the global conference and detach itself from the agreement.

“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 international migrants in the world,” Lajcak said in a press statement on Sunday. “As such, it has the experience and expertise to help ensure that this process leads to a successful outcome.”