By removing itself from the United Nations Global Compact on Migration (GCM), the United States avoids a Turtle Bay entanglement that could snare future U.S. immigration policy at a time when that policy is very much in flux.

It’s hardly surprising that the Obama administration would sign what’s known as the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which sets up the GCM by 2018. After all, this was the same administration that freelanced U.S. immigration policy with measures such as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — implemented not by Congress but by a memorandum issued by Homeland Security in 2012.

Among commitments contained in the GCM is that signatories create expanded opportunities for immigrants, such as education for children within “a few months” after arrival. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley pointed out that U.S. immigration rightfully is determined by Americans and that “the global approach in the New York Declaration is simply not compatible with U.S. sovereignty.”

Apart from any infringement, committing to the GCM would make an even bigger mess out of the existing mishmash that is U.S. immigration policy. As it is, immigration enforcement is being flouted by so-called sanctuary cities, which refuse to turn over illegal aliens to federal authorities.

America needs to restore order to its own immigration enforcement before taking on any new migration diktats from the United Nations.

—The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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