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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In a statement published Sunday, CNN reports that the State Department has withdrawn the U.S. from negotiations on the United Nation’s Global Compact on Migration.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

(Photo Credit: Coast Guard / Creative Commons )

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Kelly
    12/05/2017
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    Another reprehensible act which the president encourages and Congress will condone. Perhaps we should remember how many of these refugees and migrants are fleeing their country because of US intervention. It is not fair to expect other countries in the world to take in people that Must flee their country, In part, because of us. It also strikes me as very ironic that Trump hates immigrants and migrants, but that’s all he hires to do his grunt work at his golf courses, because he can work them 12 hours a day, seven days a week for less than minimum-wage, and often does not pay them!! NOT FAKE news-check court records.. He gets around the law that says he needs to hire US people first, by running a very wordy and rambling ad in the paper for two days, around his golf courses, rambling ads like he talks, which means they make no sense, and in the end to apply, they must FAX their application to the organization. What a scumbag Trump is… And what about you, senators and representatives… Who’s bag do you hang with, trump or the constituents who gave you your job and now do you ignore and defy their wishes in most matters??. Keep rooting for that 33% trump base… Makes NO sense… And after you’ve created this mess you’ll be voting Democratic in secret, hoping that the Democrats will take over the house and start the impeachment proceedings that you don’t have the courage to begin yourself....Then of course you’ll blame the Democrats who will get you out of the horrendous position you’ve put our government, our democracy, our citizens, our country and the world in... which, is in great peril. So again stop isolating our country for trump, his donors and his 33% base, who could give a rats butt about anything important in this country or world. Trumps pack all live in a fantasy land where rich people should never have to see or deal with poor people and God forbide they ever give a penny to them to assist them,and many in Trumps base are poor, white, and angry, not looking for solutions, only looking for a fight, and BOTH groups seem to want to keep America WHITE, STRAIGHT, MALE DOMINATED, LISTENING TO FAKE NEWS AND NO LONGER A WORLD POWER OR MODEL FOR OTHER COUNTRIES! Good Republicans have already abandoned that bag of goodies. So for those of you who have not killed your heart and sold your soul, be part of the rest of the human race and take in refugees and immigrants that need help because their homes are destroyed &/or they will be killed if they go back. It may be us looking for a home sooner than you think. Imagine walking a mile in their shoes before you vote.

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

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

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  • Mary
    12/05/2017
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    How embarrassing. You always tout how brave and strong the US is yet you fear all immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. You continue to spread fear based on false assumptions. Liars.

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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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