U.S. officials raid 7-Eleven stores amid crackdown on illegal

U.S. officials raid 7-Eleven stores amid crackdown on illegal

U.S. officials raid 7-Eleven stores amid crackdown on illegal

Federal immigration agents conducted a surprise sweep of almost 100 7-Eleven convenience stores across the nation Wednesday.

Texas-based 7-Eleven, Inc. noted that the stores are owned as franchises by independent business owners who are exclusively responsible for verifying employment authorization and that "it has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws".

In Miami Beach, an employee at one 7-Eleven said that while no agents showed up at her store, her boss asked workers to make sure their employment records were up to date, in case ICE continued its visits.

George W. Bush's administration aggressively pursued criminal investigations against employers in its final years with dramatic pre-dawn shows of force and large numbers of worker arrests. "We are not anxious at this store; everyone here has papers", he said. Agents dropped in on 7-Eleven stores in seven cities in southeast Florida, including Miami Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, an ICE spokesman; he, too, declined to identify specific stores. ICE noted that this raid was a follow-up on their 2013 investigation of 7-Eleven franchises. If they can't find work, they won't come. The agents left after reviewing his father's passport, but returned again with demands for more information. They served audit notices, interviewed employees and managers and arrested 21 workers.

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Approximately two-thirds of America's convenience stores are owned by Indian Americans and other South Asians, according to data from the American Petroleum and Convenient Store Association.

On Wednesday, ICE about the raids on its Twitter account. "It's going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there", he said. "Stores were targeted based on intelligence agents have obtained through an ongoing investigation".

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7-Eleven convenience store Won Jan. 10, 2018, in Los Angeles.

"It's not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big, medium and small", Benner said.

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"Todays actions send a strong message to USA businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable", said Thomas D Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director.

In its own statement, 7-Eleven said it was aware of the ICE raids and stressed that each franchise is run by "independent business owners" who are "solely responsible for their employees, including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States".

"ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration", he added.

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