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ICE raids 7-Eleven stores nationwide

ICE officer checks fingerprints An ICE deportation officer checks a man’s fingerprints. Courtesy ICE
Eleena Tovar | 13 Enero, 2018, 23:47

Instead of helping America and its economy, this move is sure to only create more problems as employers will struggle to fill vacancies, and immigrants will have a hard time finding employment and will resort to other means of earning income. A driver delivering cases of beer was told to wait in the parking lot.

ICE said Wednesday's action was a follow-up to 7-Eleven raids in 2013 that led to the arrests of nine franchise owners and managers for hiring people without authorization to work in this country.

After the inspections, officials planned to look at whether the cases warrant administrative action or criminal investigations, Benner said. There were 1,360 inspections in fiscal year 2017.

Smith cited the active investigation for not providing those details.

7-Eleven confirmed the raids to Salon, explaining that 7-Eleven franchisees are independent business owners, thus the franchisees are responsible for who they hire and their eligibility. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, employers are required to maintain Form I-9 for all employees hired after November 6, 1986.

In all, 21 workers across the country were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

NOIs were served in Washington, D.C. and the following states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.

In Los Angeles, seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to wait outside.

In response, 7-Eleven Inc. issued a statement saying that the company is not responsible for individual franchise owners' hiring decisions. "7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws".

Nearly 100 stores were targeted coast to coast with a strong message from immigration officials to U.S. businesses that hire an illegal workforce. "We've already increased the number of inspections and worksite operations, you're going to see that significantly increase this next fiscal year". Employers then kick workers to the curb if they get hurt, need time off, or ask for basic rights. The investigation is continuing and could lead to criminal charges.

Workplace immigration raids are nothing new. Is that what Trump wants to achieve?

Critics have accused the administration of using these tactics to strike fear in the immigrant community. The president remains steadfast on spending billions of dollars to build a border between the US and Mexico, which he claims will stop illegal immigration and border crossings.