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BACK STORY : U.N.'s reality check on U.S.

Philip Alston, the United Nations' special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published a damning report last week on poverty in the United States, condemning President Trump's administration for exacerbating the problem of inequality by rewarding the rich and punishing the poor.

"The American dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion," Alston states in the report. "The equality of opportunity, which is so prized in theory, is in practice a myth, especially for minoritie

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