Immigration Agents raided 7-Eleven stores

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7 Eleven convenience store in Los Angeles. Agents said they targeted about 100 7 Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), whose officials carried out the raid in 18 States and the District of Columbia, arrested more than 21 people.

Within 20 minutes, they verified that the cashier had a valid green card and served notice on the owner to produce hiring records in three days. Accordingly 7- Eleven Stores Inc., based in Irving, Texas, with more than 8,600 stores in the USA, didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Julie Myers Wood, former head of ICE during the Bush administration, said Wednesday's action showed that immigration officials were focusing their enforcement efforts on a repeat violator.

Homan characterized the operation as a new front in the Trump administration's broader immigration crackdown and its effort to increase deportations.

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. It was the largest operation against a single employer since President Trump assumed office.

The rapid response team "should be prepared to handle include reviewing the government's search warrant to ensure the search is within the warrant's scope, monitoring the search without interfering, complying with the terms of warrant, tracking what and who is seized by ICE, preventing any employees from doing anything that might constitute harboring (e.g., hiding employees or aiding in their escape from the premises, shredding documents, or providing false or misleading information), and preparing to address the media during and after a raid".

Devere said the department's practices are longstanding and stressed that they won't provide "database dumps" that allow ICE to do a search, for example, on everyone born outside the U.S.

ICE said it sent agents Wednesday to deliver audit notifications and conduct interviews at 6 a.m., temporarily shutting down 7-Eleven stores in Washington, D.C., and 17 states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington. "Today's actions send a strong message to USA businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce", ICE's Acting Director Thomas D. Homan said in a statement.

Some immigration hardliners have been pressing Trump to move against employers. "It's going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there", he said.

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