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2017-12-03 — theguardian.com

The Trump administration has pulled out of the United Nations' ambitious plans to create a more humane global strategy on migration, saying involvement in the process interferes with American sovereignty, and runs counter to US immigration policies.

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The US decision to withdraw will delight Trump's "America first" political base, but will do little to improve his standing in developing countries.

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The UN had always insisted that the compact was never intended to be legally binding on any country, but instead an attempt to create a shared understanding that migration flows are likely to increase, and need to be regularised by recognising the reality of state interdependence, as much as national sovereignty.

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The US has already pulled out of the UN climate change treaty and Unesco, the cultural heritage body, accusing the latter's leadership of an anti-Israeli bias.

We love that the Trump admin is so concerned about "anti-Israel bias" while at the same time pursuing policies that would have led to the further slaughter of jewish refugees were this the late 1930s...

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