President Donald J. Trump-led administration has taken the United States away from a declaration made by the United Nations which protects migrants' rights. According to the US, remaining in the fold will not be consistent with the immigration policy currently followed by the Trump administration.
Planned US decision
Nikki Haley, the Ambassador of the United States to the United Nations, candidly discussed the withdrawal of the US. She stated that although her country is justifiably proud of its leadership record on issues concerning human rights, the said international agreement breaches the sovereignty of the United States. This is the reason America has exited the agreement.
This decision by the US is not surprising. President Trump has long declared his distaste for the agreement, which goes by the formal name of New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which opposes the core US policy on immigration. The Trump administration is trying to restrict the settlement of refugees and the incoming immigration. The agreement in question asks for a worldwide migration compact. It is expected that the declaration will come into force in 2018.
Haley, in her speech to the UN, said that decisions regarding the United States immigration policies must be done by one country alone- the United States. No other country can infringe upon its rights. She continued on to say that the United States, and the United States alone, will decide on border control. The US will take the sole and binding decision on who will be permitted to set foot on American soil.
The UN response
The US decision comes only a few days prior to the scheduled meeting of the international community. On the table were Mexican affairs and migration rights. The Trump-led White House has pushed for restricting the US immigration.
The United Nations expressed sadness at this turn of events. Miroslav Lajcak, the president of United Nations General Assembly, expressed regret. He said that although he respects the US decision, he believes that no single country has the capability to tackle the migration issues on its own. He added that the US role in this process is a critical one. He reminded everyone, especially Washington, that the United States has historically welcomed individuals and families from all over the world. The country, he did not forget to add, continues to be home to the biggest number of migrants from all over the globe. He said that the US has the needed expertise and the much-required experience to lead such efforts to a satisfactory outcome.