US movement operators assaulted many 7-Eleven stores previously day break Wednesday and captured 21 individuals in the greatest crackdown on an organization associated with procuring undocumented laborers since President Donald Trump took office.
Immigration officials raided almost 100 7-Eleven stores across the country this morning checking the immigration status of store employees.
“Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration, and we are working hard to remove this magnet”, said the ICE’s Acting Director, Thomas D. Homan.
“This strategy incorporates a three-prong approach to conduct worksite enforcement: compliance, through I-9 inspections, civil fines and referrals for debarment; enforcement, through the arrest of employers, knowingly employing undocumented workers, and the arrest of unauthorized workers for violation of laws associated with working without authorization; and outreach, through the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program, to instill a culture of compliance and accountability”, said a statement issued by ICE.
In all, 21 workers across the country were arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally.
Derek N. Benner, another best ICE official, cautioned that Wednesdays’ strikes were “a harbinger of what’s to come”.
The Department of Homeland Security and especially Immigration and Customs Enforcement have ramped up their activities in the first year of the Trump administration.
After the inspections, officials planned to look at whether the cases warrant administrative action or criminal investigations, Benner said.
“We’ve seen a huge increase in Central American aliens from Guatemala, El Salvador…”
In a statement, 7-Eleven, Inc. says they’re aware of the actions and that franchise owners are on their own: “7-Eleven Franchisees are independent business owners and are exclusively responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States”, the statement reads.
A sign hangs outside of a 7-Eleven store in Chicago, Illinois.
Trump kept running on a guarantee to split down and expel undocumented laborers.
The ICE did not release any further details.
The assaults on Wednesday became out of a 2013 ICE examination that brought about charges against nine 7-Eleven franchisees and administrators in NY and Virginia who supposedly utilized more than 25 stolen characters to utilize more than 100 individuals who were in the nation unlawfully. All but one, who was a fugitive until November 2017, pleaded guilty, and they were forced to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages.