The United States has withdrawn itself from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations deeming it ‘inconsistent’ with its policies.
The announcement was made by the US Mission to the United Nations in a statement, in which it informed the UN Secretary-General about US’s intention of ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration.
The statement read that the United Nation's New York declaration contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with the Trump Administration's immigration principles.
Speaking on the occasion, US Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley said that the United States would continue its generosity in supporting migrants and refugees around the world. However, she said that its decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone.
In 2016, the UN General assembly had unanimously adopted the New York declaration for refugees and migrants.
Under Trump and his America First policies, the United States has withdrawn itself from several global commitments made under the administration of President Barack Obama, including the Paris climate deal.
More recently, the United States pulled out of UN’s Paris-based culture and education body, UNESCO, accusing it of harbouring an anti-Israel bias.