US intensifies opposition to UN global compact on migration

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration has intensified its opposition to next week's U.N. meeting to adopt a landmark pact on migration, calling it a "pro-migration" document that undermines sovereignty and warning that its supporters are trying to create new international law.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations issued a blistering three-page "national statement" Friday on the "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration," which is to be formally approved in Marrakech, Morocco, on Dec. 10-11.

The Obama administration supported the drafting of the compact in 2016, but President Donald Trump pulled out a year ago, saying numerous provisions were inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies.

Friday's statement claims the compact is attempting to "'globalize' migration governance" and fails to state the primary objective of countries' securing their own borders.