According to recent press reports, the Secretary of the United Nations Antonio Gutiérrez pointed out that immigration should be well managed and safe, not irregular and dangerous. However, he recognizes that there are nations that do not agree with him; nations that differ from the Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, since they fear that this agreement will impose migratory policies that violate national sovereignty and will create a right for people to emigrate where they want, whenever they want – although they are mistaken, since this pact reaffirms that migrants must enjoy human rights regardless of their status.
Among the objectives of the pact are to strengthen efforts against human trafficking, eliminate discrimination, safeguard the conditions that ensure decent work and facilitate the safe and dignified return for those who are sent back home. “The agreement is not legally binding.”
It is important to note that the USA was the first country to withdraw during the negotiation of this pact, as it considered that what was being proposed was inconsistent with its immigration and asylum policies. Its main responsibility is with the sovereignty of the states to ensure that migration is safe, orderly and legal.
According to the Secretary of the United Nations:
“Regardless of whether their migratory movement is voluntary or forced, or whether or not they have been able to have formal authorization to move, the rights of all human beings must be respected, as well as their dignity. Denying this and vilifying any group of people is the path to dehumanization and horrific.