Immigration agents raid 7-Eleven stores in NC

Immigration agents raid 7-Eleven stores in NC

In its own statement, 7-Eleven said it is aware of the raids and its franchisees are "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".

Moreover the action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40% increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. The raids resulted in 21 administrative arrests.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the sweep was meant to ensure that employers had not hired individuals without work authorizations. Nine franchise owners and managers were arrested in 2013 for "conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities and concealing and harboring" undocumented workers.

Until questioned by the Times, a spokesperson for Governor Jay Inslee's office said they didn't understand the extent of the cooperation. "Showing up at early hours across the country is showing enforcement muscle".

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. The chain with more than 8,600 convenience stores in the USA said it has previously ended franchise agreements for owners convicted of breaking employment laws.

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According to ICE, federal agents served inspection notices to 7-Eleven franchises in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State and Washington, D.C.

In the coming days, the ICE is expected to carry out more similar raids across the country as part of the Trump administrations efforts against illegal immigrants in the country.

For the undocumented community, such extensive and visible raids in workplaces can drive people underground, making them to abuse, including.

"Under Obama, if you didn't have a criminal offense, you could leave in the morning and feel relatively confident that you would come home to see your kids", he added.

"It's important for Trump to show that they're not just arresting the hapless schmo from Honduras but also but also the politically powerful American employer", he said.

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