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The Australia-based Walk Free Foundation released its 2016 Global Slavery Index on May 31, stating that an estimated 45.8 million people live in modern versions of slavery. 

U.S. Census Bureau data indicate that 3.1 million new immigrants (both legal and illegal) settled in the United States in 2014 and 2015, or more than 1.5 million annually. That represents a 39 percent increase over the prior two years.  

The United States admitted 1,037 Syrian refugees during May, but according to statistics compiled by the State Department Refugee Processing Center, only two of these were Christians — the other 1,035 refugees were Muslims.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Bill Kristol, the editor of the Weekly Standard (which has been described as a “redoubt of neoconservatism” and “the neocon bible”) sent out a tweet stating: “There will be an independent candidate — an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”

On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, the first place where nuclear weapons were used in warfare against a civilian population, when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city on August 6, 1945.

A Memorial Day display of 79 crosses erected on May 20 alongside a state highway in Hiram, Georgia, to honor the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America’s wars was temporarily removed following a complaint from a caller — but replaced after a city council vote.

The State Department set a new record for approving the admission of Syrian refugees on May 23, with 225 applications. This was followed by 80 such approvals the next day.

The number of apprehensions of aliens crossing the border illegally continued during the first six months of fiscal 2016 as the U.S. Border Patrol set a new record in April.

In a recent op-ed piece for the woman’s fashion magazine Elle Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, asserted that “reproductive health” — a euphemism for both contraception and abortion — “isn’t a theoretical issue, a social issue, or a distraction — it’s a fundamental issue of economic security and opportunity.”

On May 17, two Chinese J-11 fighter jets flew within 50 feet of a U.S. EP-3 surveillance plane as it was engaged in a routine surveillance mission in international airspace over the South China Sea. After the incident, a Chinese spokesman demanded that the United States immediately cease such reconnaissance activities.