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Faten, 30, lives in a big house perched on a hill in the Arab-Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm, about 12 miles northwest of Jenin.

She has three young daughters — on this spring day, they are all dressed in matching black pants and lacy maroon tops. Her youngest, who is 4, scoots around the kitchen in a toy car.

Faten, who asked me not to use her real name to protect her privacy, is pregnant. Again.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order back in April 2017 called “Buy American and Hire American.” It instructed the agencies of the federal government to "rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad."  

Over the past year and a half, that's resulted in a bunch of changes — some small, some big — to immigration policy.  

Those changes are showing up.

There’s a push by Washington to send one clear message to Central American families wanting to migrate here: Don’t come.

Or, at least, don’t believe what all the smugglers promise.

“You will not get papers to allow you to stay, and you are putting yourself and your children in grave danger,” Gil Kerlikowske, head of US Customs and Border Protection, said during a press conference earlier this month.

DOT loosens rules for driverless trucks

Oct 5, 2018

The Department of Transportation said in its new autonomous vehicle guidelines Thursday that a human driver doesn’t necessarily have to be in the driver's seat of a commercial motor vehicle. That means an artificial intelligence system could potentially drive a truck. What could this mean for the trucking industry?

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(Markets Edition) The Labor Department’s household survey from Friday morning shows rising payroll tallies in September, along with July and August’s totals revised upward. Also, the unemployment rate improved even further. Also, the Department of Transportation has released new guidelines for self-driving vehicles. One key adjustment: A human is no longer required to be in the driver’s seat for autonomous commercial vehicles.

The last time the U.S. unemployment rate was roughly as low as the 3.7 percent it is now — December 1969 — the economy was overheating, inflation was spiking and a short recession soon followed.

Could that happen again?

Probably not anytime soon, most economists say. Yet there are some surprising similarities between today's economy and the late 1960s, when the unemployment rate remained mostly below 4 percent for four straight years.

Manufacturing could face a slowdown

Oct 5, 2018

Manufacturers have been adding 20,000 to 30,000 jobs per month since the summer of 2017. But that upward trend took a pause in August, with a 3,000 jobs decline in manufacturing. It could be a one-month blip, but there are other signs that manufacturing could be poised for a slowdown. The strong dollar is making U.S. exports more expensive abroad. Escalating trade tensions and retaliatory tariffs imposed by U.S. trading partners could further hurt overseas demand for goods made in the USA.

(U.S. Edition) The September jobs report is gaining most of the attention on Friday morning, with forecasters expecting signs of steady jobs growth. But one thing that appears to be leveling off is the manufacturing sector. We look into why. We also look at Walmart’s efforts into offering better job training to workers after the company joined about a dozen others in a pledge to train millions of workers in the next five years.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … After intense pressure from shareholders against the move, Unilever does a U-turn on plans to scrap it’s dual-share structure and shift its headquarters away from the U.K. to the Netherlands. Then, Russian president Vladimir Putin is in India Friday meeting with the country's prime minister Narendra Modi. The two countries signed a new defense-weapons deal, but it could provoke the U.S. into imposing fresh sanctions on India. Afterwards, anger with the status-quo political environment is an issue for countries all over the world.

Why the Facebook breach isn't just about Facebook

Oct 5, 2018

Facebook announced this week that it had suffered its biggest hack ever, compromising the accounts of at least 50 million users. Part of the reason a Facebook hack is so scary is that the social network connects to so many other apps and services. You might use it to log in to Spotify or Tinder or OpenTable — a whole string of apps might have your information connected to your profile. So far, Facebook has said hackers did not access any third-party apps. But it's still investigating the scope of the hack.

On Friday, we'll get the latest jobs figures for the month of September. Economists are expecting a strong report, with unemployment expected to drop a bit from an already low rate. We're also getting awfully close to the holiday hiring season, and sales are expected to be pretty strong, too. But with the unemployment rate as low as it is, what will retailers have to do to find the workers they need? 

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How will the USMCA trade deal impact China?

Oct 4, 2018

Under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, manufacturers need to source more parts from the member countries to avoid penalties. That could cost China.

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said that the trade deal would provide a big boost for North American businesses and jobs.

“We’re going to be a manufacturing powerhouse and allow us to reclaim a supply chain that has been off-shored to the world because of unfair trade issues,” Trump told reporters.

All I want for Christmas is a little help

Oct 4, 2018

Forecasts are predicting strong holiday sales this season, which means retailers, warehouses and other businesses are going to need more employees. But with a labor market this tight, we'll look at how companies are competing for seasonal workers. Then, more than a million children had their identities stolen last year, costing families $542 million. We'll look at what makes kids easy targets and what parents are doing about it. Plus, we'll take you to the world's biggest Elvis Presley festival. It isn't in Nashville or Graceland, but the seaside village of Porthcawl, Wales. 

A misunderstood tech giant and the "nerds" who created it

Oct 4, 2018

Reddit is one of the most visited websites on the internet. But it gets considerably less attention in the national conversation about tech giants and social media. If you've never heard of Reddit, it's a site where anonymous users can post links, whose popularity is determined by other users voting those links up or down.

There was a time in US history when the government thought that a country was “not sending its best.” A time when the government thought that immigrants’ home countries could do more to help them screen who gets to come to the US.

It was Italy in the 1920s.

Last week, 90 million people had to log back into Facebook following a cyberattack.

Maybe you were one of them, and maybe you even took a minute to change your password. But this data breach goes way beyond Facebook, and it's worth wading into the site's thicket of privacy settings to see where else you might have been compromised.

It’s a trope to say America has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants. This is only partially true. It also has a long tradition of treating immigrants with open discrimination and even violent hostility.

The current debate over whether to accept Syrian refugees has echoes of a different time when another wave of people were leaving a Mediterranean country. They were seen by some Americans as being so alien in religion, culture, education, politics and law, that they could never be assimilated. They were even suspected of ties to terrorism. These were the Italians.

It’s been 10 years since Anna Takada was in sixth grade, but she still remembers her history class. The World War II imprisonment of her grandfather and nearly 120,000 others with Japanese heritage merited only a few lines in her textbook. And at school, her teacher skipped over those lines.

“I remember being shocked and hurt how it was glossed over,” Takada, 25, says.

At home, her father, who was born in Chicago where his family resettled after incarceration, told Takada not to ask her grandfather about that time in their family’s history, either. And she didn't. 

Health care costs keep going up and businesses are passing some of those costs down to their employees. A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that employers are paying on average about $20,000 a year for each employee's family health plan — that’s a 5 percent increase from last year. We look into how those increasing costs mean additional costs for employees.

 

 

 

“Sir, I had not made much of the time through my sickness and I am asking you Sir to grant me the favour of allowing me a little more time to stay here so that I’ll be able to make a little money to carry home not that I am effecting the powers of this country but I am only appealing to you Sir.”

This is how Cecil Roach’s June 1945 letter to US President Harry S. Truman, dictated to an unnamed typist, ends.

In the summer of 1966, hundreds of farm workers in Texas marched from Rio Grande City to Austin — almost 500 miles over 90 days — to demand change.

They weren’t asking for anything fancy. They wanted better wages, restrooms and uncontaminated water for the people cultivating and picking melons and other crops.

(Markets Edition) The 10-year bond yield is actually up 3.19 percent, one of several signs that the U.S. economy is gaining strength. We talk to economist Diane Swonk for more. In healthcare news, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey has found that employers are paying more for each employee’s health plans. We look at how the employees are also paying more.

An annual assessment by the Center for Political Accountability shows many S&P 500 companies are spending less on direct donations to political races and election-related causes than in recent years. Additionally, those S&P 500 companies that are still making political donations are moving toward more transparency. Changing political winds and growing publicity risks have created a climate in which major corporations are finding it’s safer to cut direct political ties.

Beth Kobliner on how parents can maximize FAFSA's potential

Oct 4, 2018

If you're the parent of a high-schooler, there's a "talk" you should be having with them. No, it's not the one you think.

On Oct. 1, the federal financial aid application process — also known as FAFSA — opened for the 2019-2020 academic year, which could bring to light questions about the economic realities of a college education and more importantly, who's footing the bill and how. 

(U.S. Edition) A stronger U.S. economy means that more U.S. bonds have been selling off, which means a boost to the 10-year treasury yield. Marketplace’s Tracey Samuelson helps explain more. Then we look into the story of Chinese agents using computer chips to possibly hack into computers used by Amazon, Apple and the U.S. government. Also, a year ago Friday, the bombshell story about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior surfaced, sparking the #MeToo movement.

Consuelo López de Padilla fits the profile of a doctor with top-of-the-line medical training.

She spent 15 years in her native Venezuela studying medicine and working as a doctor. In 2001, she left the Andean hills of her home country for the frigid flatlands of southern Minnesota to spend three years researching at one of the world’s most prestigious health centers, the Mayo Clinic.

But after starting a family in the US, she never returned to Venezuela. She’s also never been able to work as a doctor.

The race to grab a giant slice of the self-driving car market got a little more heated when Honda announced it will invest $750 million in General Motors' autonomous car unit, with an additional $2 billion coming over the next 12 years.

That’s a good chunk of money flowing to a set of products a long way from hitting the market. “This is a really expensive venture,” said Michelle Krebs, auto industry analyst at AutoTrader. “We don’t know when they’ll be ubiquitous and profitable.”

The big banks are seeing an increase in cyberthreats, and these attacks are only becoming more sophisticated.

Jamie Dimon has been at the helm of JPMorgan Chase since 2005. As the largest bank in the United States, it manages nearly $3 trillion — more than the gross domestic product of several countries. Dimon is also the longest-serving chief executive on Wall Street. “It is a scary place to be,” he told Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal. Ryssdal spoke with Dimon about a wide range of issues, including interest rates, wages and the financial crisis.

Last CEO standing

Oct 3, 2018

Most of today's show is devoted to our conversation with Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase. We talked about what it was like managing the bank and tangling with the government during the financial crisis, and how he sees his role in today's economy. We also asked Dimon what keeps him up at night. President Donald Trump used the term "time value of money" to defend himself against a New York Times report debunking his self-made origin story and implicating him in tax fraud. But what does that actually mean?

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