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At least one Oregonian arrested in nationwide ICE raids

At least one Oregonian arrested in nationwide ICE raids

The US immigration authorities raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores, largely owned by Indian- Americans, arrested more than 21 people and warned businesses against employing illegal immigrants.

GONZALES: For its part, Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven said in an emailed statement that its franchisees are independent business owners and exclusively responsible for who they hire and verifying who is eligible to work.

Thomas Homan, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has said he will "significantly" increase work site raids because immigrants will be more hesitant to illegally enter the USA if there are no jobs for them.in October that he ordered ICE agents to ramp up their work site investigations by "four to five times".

This obligation requires 7-Eleven franchisees to verify work eligibility in the U.S. for all of their prospective employees prior to hiring.

Officials with 7-Eleven issued the following statement: "We are aware of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions taken at certain franchise locations".

ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents served notices of inspection, also known as I-9 audit notices, to 7-Eleven stores in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Washington, DC.

Under President George W. Bush, large-scale raids of companies became the norm, with images of federal agents sweeping through immigrant-heavy industries across the country.

It added that it had "terminated" the agreements of franchises convicted of violating the laws.




Not all franchisees have been scrupulous about whom they hire.

ICE also conducted a similar targeted enforcement of 7-Eleven stores in 2013, which resulted in the arrest of nine managers accused of hiring workers who were living or working in the country illegally. Eight have pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages, and the ninth was arrested in November.

"This definitely sends a message to employers", said Ira Mehlman, the spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which favors more limits on immigration and stricter enforcement.

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

On Wednesday, ICE about the raids on its Twitter account.

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.

Trump ran on a promise to crack down and deport undocumented workers.

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.