The US is no longer part of an international pact aimed at improving global migration, a move that has made the UN very unhappy with President Trump.
“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,” UN General Assembly president Miroslav Lajčák said in a statement.
The US was part of the non-binding New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants since it was created last year by the UN general asembly.
The goal of the pact was to improve lives of immigrants, helping them to resettle and benefit from education and help finding meaningful employment.
“Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone,” said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN. “We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.”
Haley stated that Trump made the decision and added that Americans should make their own policies when it comes to immigration.
The news of the withdrawl came just days before the beginning of a global conference on migration that starts Monday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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