Trump Admin Puts UN in Its Place, Says We’re Ignoring More of Their Regulations

Trump Admin Puts UN in Its Place Says Were Ignoring More of Their Regulations

If there’s one thing the Trump administration has managed to do in its first year in power — aside from making Twitter way more interesting — it’s been reducing the influence of the United Nations on our internal affairs.

The administration isn’t slowing that push down just because the holidays are approaching, either. On Sunday, the U.S. mission to the U.N. announced it was withdrawing from the Global Compact on Migration, a pact that deals with the treatment of migrants.

“Today, the US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” a statement from the American mission said, according to the U.K. Telegraph.

“The New York Declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies and the Trump Administration’s immigration principles.

“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,” the statement added.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley would continue to show “generosity” to refugees and migrants but said that the Global Compact on Migration was incompatible with existing U.S. immigration policies.

Haley said that “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.”

President Trump also announced Friday that the administration would not participate in a three-day conference to discuss the implementation of the agreement down in Mexico, according to Breitbart.

The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a non-binding pact involving the rights of migrants, was signed by the Obama administration back in 2016. The wide-ranging pact involved resettlement assistance, pledges of access to education and employment, and other rights for migrants.

This is the second time the Trump administration has pulled out of a major U.N. initiative in three months.

Back in October, citing anti-Israel bias, the United States pulled out of heritage preservation group UNESCO.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at the time, according to Fox News.

The United States said it would remain as a non-member observer in the group. The U.S. government had stopped funding UNESCO back in 2011 after Palestine was admitted as a member.

Immigration reform has been a cornerstone of the Trump administration, and the New York Declaration was an obvious impediment to that. Ambassador Haley is right: Americans in Washington and not foreign diplomats in New York should decide our immigration policy. It’s entirely possible for the United States to be generous and fair to migrants and refugees without having policies imposed upon us by the United Nations.

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