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Dec 04, 2017

United States pulls out of UN migration pact citing similar motives to PM Orbán in fight against illegal immigration

"Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone," the US ambassador to the UN said. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country"

As the world turns more toward the ideology of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the fight against illegal immigration, the United States is the latest super power to follow suit after ditching the United Nations’ migration policy.

In a statement released by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday, the US revealed that is has stepped away from the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants stating that it "contains numerous provisions that are inconsistent with US immigration and refugee policies."

Meanwhile Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said that while the US is proud of its leadership on migration and refugee issues, the global approach is not compatible with the nation's sovereignty.

According to CNN, Haley said President Trump made the decision, and emphasized that Americans should determine their own policies on immigration, citing very similar sentiments to those expressed by PM Orbán and Hungary in its own struggle against the EU’s forced migration policies.

"Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone," Haley said. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country."

In explaining its withdrawal from the United Nations pact, the US said the policy contains provisions that are inconsistent with the nation's immigration policies.

"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,” a statement read.

The US 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,” the statement concluded.