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OPINION

Trump Derails the Marrakech Express

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A new attempt to impose globalism unfolds in Marrakech, Morocco, under the guise of helping migrants.  Most of the 193 countries in the United Nations convened there in order to create new international law to require every participating country to accept vast hordes of foreign migrants, and be subjected to this new form of globalism.

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Any other president, Republican or Democrat, would probably welcome and join this undermining of national sovereignty.  But in another reminder of how great Trump is, he leads the way in denouncing this virulent strain of globalism.

Called the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, the Marrakech meeting would prevent the American people from deciding immigration policy for ourselves.   Trump has posted multiple reasons why the United States and every country should reject this bad idea.

“We believe the Compact and the process that led to its adoption, including the New York Declaration, represent an effort by the United Nations to advance global governance at the expense of the sovereign right of States to manage their immigration systems in accordance with their national laws, policies, and interests.”

That sounds like something Phyllis Schlafly might have written during her lifelong opposition to treaties that undermine American interests.  But the above statement was issued by none other than President Trump, and is available on the official usun.state.gov website.

“Decisions about how to secure its borders, and whom to admit for legal residency or to grant citizenship, are among the most important sovereign decisions a State can make, and are not subject to negotiation, or review” by international courts and documents, he explains.

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In August, an international tribunal called the European Court of Human Rights commanded that Hungary provide food to migrants and refugees held in detention camps.  It is no surprise that Hungary has joined the growing number of countries which are following President Trump’s bold leadership in rejecting the Compact.

Other countries imitating Trump by pulling out of this globalist Compact include Austria, Australia, Chile, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Latvia, Slovakia and the Dominican Republic.  Notice the immense diversity among nations rejecting this globalism.

Additional countries, including Bulgaria and Israel, are also considering getting out of this deal.   The political coalition that rules Belgium has collapsed due to conservative opposition to how her prime minister has pushed that country into joining the Compact.

President Trump, in his official statement on behalf of the United States, properly criticizes the use of the legalistic name “Compact,” rather than the traditional labels of convention or a treaty.  “Compact” implies binding legal obligations.

Proponents of global governance look for ways to bypass the Treaty Clause of the Constitution, which requires a supermajority of two-thirds approval by the Senate in order to ratify foreign treaties.  Many treaties have been signed by American presidents but thankfully never ratified by the Senate, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Agreement on so-called climate change.

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President Obama approved both of those treaties, which were also deceptively named to avoid the use of the word “treaty.”  Trump campaigned against them in 2016 and they have never become law.

“The Paris Agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris.  Protests and riots all over France,” President Trump tweeted on Saturday morning about the violent protests there which have been the worst in decades.

The Compact on migration includes a “right to privacy” provision that is not recognized by international law, and should be rejected so that it is not misused to become some kind of international right to abortion.  Most countries have strong pro-life laws and are subjecting themselves to judicial activism by an international tribunal if they remain in the Compact.

“Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens,” President Trump declared in a statement issued by the White House.  He cited the Monroe Doctrine for the principle that we do not accept interference of foreign nations in our hemisphere.

It was nearly 200 years ago, in 1823, when President James Monroe promulgated that famous doctrine against European nations intermeddling in the affairs of the Americas.   The Monroe Doctrine was based on the simple observation that the Old and New Worlds have different political systems and it is “dangerous to our peace and safety” to allow the systems to mix.

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Likewise, it is dangerous to try to mix our American liberty and prosperity with migrants who may hate us, or at least not respect our culture and values.  President Trump proves once again his tremendous leadership in being the first to reject the Compact, thereby setting a model which many other countries are following now.

As other countries are rejecting globalism thanks to President Trump, they are making their own countries great again.

John and Andy Schlafly are sons of Phyllis Schlafly (1924-2016) and lead the continuing Phyllis Schlafly Eagles organizations with writing and policy work.

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