US 21 Arrested After Immigration Agents Raid Dozens of 7-Eleven Stores

19:51  11 january  2018
19:51  11 january  2018 Source:   U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles.: U.S. immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Elevens on Wednesday, giving store owners three days to provide the immigration status of their workers. © (Chris Carlson/AP) U.S. immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Elevens on Wednesday, giving store owners three days to provide the immigration status of their workers.

U.S. immigration officers raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores Wednesday and arrested 21 people during what officials are calling the largest immigration action against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency, NBC News reported.

Ninety-eight locations of the convenience store chain — which has long been suspected of hiring undocumented workers — from the east to west coast were targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. An ICE official told NBC the raids were to serve as a warning to other companies with undocumented employees on their payrolls.

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Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on dozens of 7 - Eleven stores in the Bay Area and across the country before dawn Wednesday to open employment In the Bay Area, the raids targeted stores in Napa, Sebastopol, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Suisun City and Petaluma.

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"Today's actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce," said ICE's Deputy Director Thomas Homan. "ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable."

Derek Benner, acting head of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, which oversees cases against employers, told the Associated Press the raids and reviews were "the first of many" and "a harbinger of what's to come."

"This is what we're gearing up for this year and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters. From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation," said Benner.

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He said no business or industry is off limits: "It's not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry — big, medium and small."

The raids and resulting arrests, as well as additional interviews with employees, could lead to criminal charges or fines. The audits are part of President Donald Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration and immigration enforcement. Since his term began, there has been a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests, AP reported.

ICE descended upon stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia. They gave store owners three days to provide the agency with the immigration status of their workers, according to NBC.

In a statement, 7-Eleven said it was aware of the ICE raids. It emphasized each store is a franchise, run by "independent business owners solely responsible for their employees, including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States," NBC reported.

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U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7 - Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in Though agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally during Wednesday's sweep, the action was aimed squarely at management.

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"7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws," the statement read.

This is not the first time the company has been the subject of an ICE investigation. In 2013, nine 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in New York and Virginia allegedly used more than 25 stolen identities to employ more than 100 people who were the United States illegally, The New York Times reported.

Eight of the accused pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages. The ninth accused was arrested in November.

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