The US House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant surge along the US-Mexico border, including new standards for migrants in custody following reports of poor conditions facing young children at overcrowded facilities.
With no rights to speak of, undocumented migrants and refugees in Italy are vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous "padroni" and criminal gangs, including the mafia, who controls Italy's agricultural sector.
Sanctions on Iran have squeezed the economy since the 1970s, and since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, they have been ratcheting up. Some Iranians are ready to cut and run but others are waiting out the economic storm.
Recruitment agency ads perpetuate slavery-like conditions in Jordan by posting biodata of migrants seeking domestic work, revealing skin complexion, weight, height, and "price" according to country of origin. Many end up trapped in situations of abuse and exploitation.
Plastic junk from the US is often sent to Southeast Asia, where illegal "recycling" centers are causing an environmental emergency with the fumes from burning trash. And many people believe that America, above all, has the power to make this stop.