Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Immigration agents target 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

Immigration agents target 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

"We're going to prosecute employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens, (and) we're going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers".

Within 20 minutes, they verified that the cashier had a valid green card and served notice on the owner to produce hiring records in three days.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said the raids were a warning to other companies that have employed undocumented immigrants. Many a 7-Eleven franchise has been a steppingstone for new legal immigrants who want to own and run their own small businesses.

"Under the current administration, all workers encountered during these investigations who are unauthorized to remain in the USA are subject to administrative arrest and removal from the country", ICE said in its statement on the 7-Eleven operations.

This obligation requires 7-Eleven franchisees to verify work eligibility in the United States for all of their prospective employees prior to hiring. They served audit notices, interviewed employees and managers and arrested 21 workers.

Under President Donald Trump, ICE has stepped up its efforts to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in the US. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost.

Immigration experts told HuffPost that such highly visible workplace enforcement ― with agents showing up unannounced across the country early in the morning, questioning and arresting employees ― appears to be a show of force meant not only to keep businesses in compliance but also to demonstrate the administration's.

One of the biggest workplace immigration raids, in May 2008, resulted in the detention of almost 400 undocumented immigrants, including several children, at an Iowa meatpacking plant.

Barack Obama's administration more than doubled employer audits to more than 3,100 a year in 2013, shunning Bush's flashier approach.

ICE published news accounts of the 7-Eleven raids on its Twitter account to further emphasize its stringent enforcement priorities with regard to employers and undocumented workers themselves.

In Northern California, 7-Eleven stores in Napa, North Sebastopol, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Suisun City, and Petaluma were targeted.

The actions are in line with the Trump administration's and, which make all undocumented people ― ― targets for deportation.

Eight of the accused wound up pleading guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages. "That reality has changed under the Trump administration ― and they say it themselves, that". The clerk told agents he had no knowledge of documents required to prove eligibility to work and was asked to pass along brochures for voluntary programs aimed at better compliance with immigration laws.

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