US Pulls Out Of UN Global Compact On Migration

The Guardian reports:

The Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations’ ambitious plans to create a more humane global strategy on migration, saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty, and runs counter to US immigration policies.

The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, informed the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres, at the weekend that Donald Trump was not willing to continue with an American commitment to the UN global compact on migration. The announcement of the US withdrawal from the pact came hours before the opening of a UN global conference on migration scheduled to begin on Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In 2016, the 193 members of the UN general assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration, the New York declaration for refugees and migrants, pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure they had access to education and jobs. The initiative had the enthusiastic backing of Barack Obama, and was embraced by Guterres as one of his major challenges for 2018.

Here’s the full statement from State Department:

The United States has decided to end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM). Negotiations on the GCM will be based on the New York Declaration, a document adopted by the UN in 2016 that commits to “strengthening global governance” and contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with U.S. law and policy.

While we will continue to engage on a number of fronts at the United Nations, in this case, we simply cannot in good faith support a process that could undermine the sovereign right of the United States to enforce our immigration laws and secure our borders. The United States supports international cooperation on migration issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.

  • leastyebejudged
  • Gustav2

    All these “non-binding” international agreements are a sign of the Illuminati !!!!!

  • Shy Guy
    • billbear1961

      Greetings to the guardians of the eastern frontiers!

      • Shy Guy

        Hello, dear Billbear! 🙂

        • billbear1961

          XO

  • gaycuckhubby

    We didn’t just let down America last year. We let down the World.

  • surely this will help maga…..

    • rednekokie

      Of course it will 😉 is there any doubt in your mind?
      btw — congrats on your nuptials — I envy you both!!

  • Ninja0980

    The damage done to our reputation abroad will take a long, long time to fix and in some cases, never will be.

    • billbear1961

      Even if Democrats regain control, the world KNOWS now what the GOP has become.

      If you want to rebuild your reputation, you must REPUDIATE a party which no longer believes in the tenets of genuine democracy.

      You must REJECT any claims to authority by the fascist right!

      • clay

        “the world KNOWS now what the GOP has become. . . ”
        and how quickly the US could revert to it.

        • billbear1961

          Exactly, Clay.

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  • gaycuckhubby

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  • JCF

    Counter to humane: that Official U.S. Policy under Drumpf.

  • billbear1961

    At the moment, there is only one way to keep the reputation of the U.S. from hitting rock bottom: massive and relentless protests to show the WORLD you DESPISE this regime and ALL who support it!!

  • netxtown

    If only his daddy would have pulled out….

  • Because we’re so special.

    • BobSF_94117

      Hey, name one other country that could have set off the mass migration crisis sweeping from North Africa to the Indian Ocean.

      • I remember reading in the ’90s about reports from the Pentagon that predicted mass migrations in North Africa and south Asia because of droughts and crop shortages triggered by global warming.

        • BobSF_94117

          Sadly, we decided not to even wait for those.

  • canoebum

    And the giant FUCK YOU to the rest of the world continues unabated. Can I be Canadian now, please?

    • Reality.Bites

      Not till you stop paddling that damn canoe and have sex in it instead like God and Sir John A. intended!

      • canoebum

        You paddle the canoe to camp, where you have sex (after chores). Much less chance of falling into the lake at an inconvenient moment.

        • Reality.Bites

          The definition of a Canadian is knowing how to make love in a canoe.

          Actually making love in a canoe is the definition of American beer, because it’s fucking close to water.

          Just ask Harry Wells.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkiCU20741c

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            Hahahaha, classic.

  • clay

    The United States has decided to end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM).

    Because even talking about the rights of refugees to resettle and ensure they have access to education violates US policy, and, therefore, sovereignty? Bullshit! It’s because the Trump administration wants to eliminate refugee and asylee status in the US (making them an international pariah), because the Trump administration wants to eliminate the right to an education even for US children, and because the Trump administration wants to undercut the Palestinians refugees’ right to return (at least until the last of the original refugee generation dies– their descendants do not have internationally recognized right to return).

  • OdieDenCO

    ” ..but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.”
    AKA: to ensure “those” people don’t get in

  • GayOldLady
    • barrykyle415

      It needs many, many church steeples. It’s those damn godbotherers that got us here, they deserve the credit.

  • thatotherjean

    Sigh. We just suck. Yeah, the United States is exceptional: exceptionally stupid. Get these destructive fools out of office!

  • KnownDonorDad
  • Sean Taylor

    why is the Secretary of State pictured here?

  • Clive Johnson

    List of treaties not signed or ratified by the US [from wikipedia]:

    1930 – Forced Labour Convention, not ratified
    1948 – Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, not signed
    1949 – Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949, not signed
    1950 – Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others, not signed
    1951 – Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, party to only the 1967 protocol
    1951 – Equal Remuneration Convention, not ratified
    1954 – Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, not signed
    1958 – Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, not ratified
    1960 – Convention against Discrimination in Education, not ratified
    1961 – Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, not signed
    1962 – Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages, signed but not ratified
    1964 – Employment Policy Convention, 1964, not ratified
    1966 – International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, signed but not ratified
    1966 – First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, not signed
    1969 – Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, not ratified
    1969 – Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, signed but not ratified
    1972 – Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, signed but withdrew in 2002
    1977 – American Convention on Human Rights, signed but not ratified
    1977 – Protocol I (an amendment protocol to the Geneva Conventions), not ratified
    1977 – Protocol II (an amendment protocol to the Geneva Conventions), not ratified
    1979 – Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, signed but not ratified
    1979 – Moon Treaty
    1981 – Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 1981, not ratified
    1989 – Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, not signed
    1989 – Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed but not ratified
    1989 – Basel Convention, signed but not ratified
    1990 – United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, not signed
    1991 – United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, not signed
    1992 – Convention on Biological Diversity, signed but not ratified
    1994 – Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel, signed but not ratified
    1996 – Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, signed but not ratified
    1997 – Kyoto Protocol, signed with no intention to ratify
    1997 – Ottawa Treaty (Mine Ban Treaty), unsigned
    1998 – Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, unsigned [2]
    1999 – Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, not signed
    1999 – Criminal Law Convention on Corruption, signed but not ratified
    1999 – Civil Law Convention on Corruption, not signed
    2002 – Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, not signed
    2006 – International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, not signed
    2007 – Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed but not ratified
    2008 – Convention on Cluster Munitions, not signed
    2011 – Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, signed but not yet ratified
    2016 – Trans-Pacific Partnership, signed but not yet ratified
    2017 – Paris Agreement, signed but not ratified

    American conservatives are slowing down progress on all fronts, from the environment to children’s rights and much more. The sooner we can squash the conservative movement the better off we’ll all be, even conservatives.

  • ColdCountry

    ” The United States supports international cooperation on migration
    issues, but it is the primary responsibility of sovereign states to help
    ensure that migration is safe, orderly, and legal.”

    Um, isn’t “safe, orderly, and legal” what this is all about?

    • Kruhn

      So an international agreement to regulate migration isn’t safe, orderly, or legal. Good show, Donnie!!!! Good show!!!!!!

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    There it is, full on U.S. isolationism….because that always works out in the end.

    My Fake God, it’s going to take years to repair all the damage done by Trump.

    • Nowhereman

      Decades. I’m guessing at least 50 years. He is stuffing the lower courts with Scalias and Moores.

  • Kruhn

    The errant stupidity of this cabal knows no bounds. This agreement will be a basic proposition that’ll provide some minimal principles on this question. Instead of having moral authority on this field, we’ll be a pariah. Billbear is right, we should be on the streets telling the idiot in charge to get out.

  • Nowhereman

    I’ll be glad when Tillerson is out of our government. I hope that the sanctions against Russia are NEVER lifted, and that Exxon never gets to drill in the Russian oil fields that Tillerson negotiated for before the election.

  • John Kusters

    It’s so hypocritical. America has been meddling, directly or indirectly, in the affairs of each of the countries where refugees are fleeing from, and now we just want to wash our hands of any consequence of our actions.