President Donald Trump has a message for international migrants in his remarks to the United Nations: make your countries great again.
Trump addressed the global body Tuesday morning in New York City. Trump touted America’s progress since his election domestically and on the world stage. Trump specifically noted his administration’s muscular approach to immigration. The Trump administration has brought American migrant admissions to record lows and cut funding for refugee programs. Trump said the reason for the move revolves around American sovereignty.
“That is one reason the United States will not participate in the new Global Compact on Migration,” Trump said. “Migration should not be governed by an international body, unaccountable to our own citizens.”
Trump continued, sending a message to the migrants of the world, telling them to “Make their countries great again.”
“Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries,” Trump said, “Make their countries great again.”
The Global Compact on Migration is a UN initiative that advocates for global control over how a sovereign nation manages their immigration policies. According to the Global Compact on Migration website:
The global compact for migration is the first, intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.
Trump went on in his speech to criticize Iran and Venezuela, saying, “Virtually everywhere, socialism or communism has been tried, it has produced suffering, corruption and decay.”