By JEFFREY LEIBEL, APA WriterWASHINGTON (AP) The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on Thursday on a sweeping international treaty to limit the number of migrants who can enter the country and force migrants to return home.
The proposal, proposed by Mexico, is likely to pass despite concerns from some of the United States’ closest allies.
It’s the first time a treaty has passed the council in more than two decades, though the United Nations did pass one in 1994.
It would allow a maximum of two asylum-seekers per country per year, a limit that would apply only to those who are fleeing war and persecution and not economic hardship or disease.
It also would make it harder for people who come from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to get refugee status in the United State, a move that could prompt President Donald Trump to pull the U.K. out of the treaty.
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who has called the proposal a “historic mistake” and a “dangerous step,” said the agreement would be good for U.