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US Drops Out Of U.N. Global Migration Negotiations

by Countable | 12.4.17

What’s the story?

In a statement published Sunday, CNN reports that the State Department has withdrawn the U.S. from negotiations on the United Nation’s Global Compact on Migration. The statement proclaims that participating in the compact runs afoul of U.S. sovereignty:

"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.”

U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley also stated, "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."

Officials at the U.N. state that U.S. withdrawal is regretful, since "no one can manage international migration alone." A global conference on migration begins Monday, but the U.S. will not have officials in attendance.

What do you think?

Does it make sense to for the U.S. to withdraw from international agreements in order to protect sovereignty, or is it better to stay in the negotiations and seek compromises that include more U.S. priorities? How do you think the U.S. should be participating in efforts to deal with global migration?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Donna
    12/04/2017
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    Stop the nationalism before it destroys the country. A lot of these HUMANS are refugees because the US destabilized an already shaking region. Using false calls of sovereignty to hide this administration's bias, racism and bigotry has just sunk our nation to a new low. I didn't think that was possible after watching the events of the last 10 months, but apparently I was wrong.

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  • John
    12/04/2017
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    Remember when the US stood for justice, caring, equality & international cooperation? Remember when Republicans weren’t the party of racism & ignorance & greed? Remember when 45 was just a tacky, petty, blow hard, minor reality TV flack? We can have that back by hounding Republican legislators to do the right thing or get voted out in 2018. And, more importantly, impeach 45 & then put him & his spawn & his gang on trial!

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  • Sheryl
    12/05/2017
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    While it may sound cruel I support the right to defend our borders from unchecked migration. I am willing to help support displaced people remain in their own nations but not for them to come to the US.

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  • JTJ
    12/04/2017
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    This is why I voted for Trump. I am tired of the UN agenda being prioritized at our countries expense. US immigration policy should be decided upon by our government, not the UN.

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  • James
    12/04/2017
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    The sovereignty and security of this nation go hand in hand! The United States did not cause through any action of our own all these middle eastern people to become refugees! It is because of religious extremism and terrorism that their own countries tolerate and support and we are not responsible for take no them in! Let the Saudis, Iranians, China and Russia take them in! Sorry! America’s all full up today! Next year don’t look good either! In fact the next hundred years are not too promising!

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  • Themis
    12/04/2017
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    Isolationist policies will result in isolation from the global community. This is not something we can afford in this time of global crisis. We must take part in the discussions that will shape the future of the world, because, like it or not, it will affect us.

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  • Rebecca
    12/04/2017
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    Trump’s isolationist policies risk the USA’s ability to influence world events. Yes, the U.N. is a deeply problematic organization. But stepping back from participation in international negotiations serves no-one except countries who prefer to operate with impunity because US leadership is weak!

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  • Luke
    12/04/2017
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    This is a difficult issue. As someone who leans left I see the argument for staying in. However our country needs to better decide who comes and who goes, we cannot take in every refugee and migrant, we simply do not have the means and no country does. There are far too many people on the planet and our planet itself cannot sustain all of them for much longer, so one country won’t help at all. We have hungry children and those without health and water on the home front but, at the same time, our current administration is doing nothing to make the country better from the inside, so it’s a net loss in my opinion.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/05/2017
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    John Katko. Impeach Trump. Stop telling yourself that it can’t get worse. It always does.

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  • David
    12/05/2017
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    Good choice!

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  • Sarah
    12/04/2017
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    It is unfortunate and a shortsighted decision in a global world.

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  • Lindsay
    12/05/2017
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    America was supposed to be a city upon a hill. Look at how far we have fallen. It’s heartbreaking that this administration cannot see past their own wealth and comfort to extend a helping hand to the rest of the world.

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  • Ethel
    12/04/2017
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    Makes sense for us to withdraw from the UN on immigration. Our lawmakers know what is best for us! It seems to me they are having problems controlling immigration in their own country. Of course, let the United States be the ones to suffer as they request our doors to be open! Let’s be fair; charity begins at home!

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  • Jenny
    12/04/2017
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    America alone again and not naturally. This is not good for the United States it is not good for the world. We need to participate and help others.

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  • PLD
    12/05/2017
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    This nativism supported by the Trump Administration is just one more action that’s destroying the reputation of Americans throughout the international community and embarrassing his fellow Americans. Applying his on narcissism into a US policy is not aligned with traditional values embracing compassion for those in need. Such selfishness is already being applied to domestic policies as evinced by the current tax reform efforts. To continue it internationally is even worse. Consequently, it will take years to rebuild this country within and through the world. Truly shameful!

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  • Michael.J.L
    12/04/2017
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    I'm sick and tired how this fake president thinks we can go it alone on everything. President Obama knew we are a global community and must act as such. Under President Obama we were respected by most nations....under Trump we are reviled.

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  • Brian
    12/04/2017
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    Nationalism is going to destroy this country people like trump and his administration should be ran out of town we are a world community never forget that

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  • Dave
    12/05/2017
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    Thank God. Why should the burden of paying for people of other countries that leave to come live off of the dole here, rather than fix their country, fall on US tax payers?.. I work hard for my money, and they already tax enough.

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  • Leslie
    12/04/2017
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    There goes our president manning America small again.

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  • Dennis
    12/05/2017
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    Great now build the wall

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