Leroy N. Soetoro
2018-01-11 20:25:58 UTC
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents blitzed dozens of 7-Eleven
stores before dawn Wednesday to interview employees and deliver audit
notifications, carrying out what the agency said was the largest operation
targeting an employer since President Trump took office.
ICE said its agents showed up at 98 stores and made 21 arrests, describing
the operation as a warning to other companies who may have unauthorized
workers on their payroll.
Todays actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and
employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are
found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable, said Thomas
D. Homan, the agencys top official, in a statement.
Homan characterized the operation as a new front in the Trump
administrations broader immigration crackdown and its effort to increase
deportations. ICE agents have made 40 percent more arrests in the past
Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal
immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet, Homans
statement said. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for
American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for
companies that exploit illegal immigration.
The agency 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
Irving, Tex.-based 7-Eleven has more than 60,000 stores worldwide,
according to its website. In a statement, the company said it was not
responsible for the hiring decisions of individual franchise owners.
7-Eleven Franchisees are independent business owners and are solely
responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and
verifying their eligibility to work in the United States, the company
said in an emailed statement.
As part of the 7-Eleven franchise agreement, 7-Eleven requires all
franchise business owners to comply with all federal, state and local
employment laws, the statement continued. 7-Eleven takes compliance with
immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of
franchisees convicted of violating these laws.
ICE described Wednesdays sweep as a follow-up enforcement operation that
built on a 2013 raid resulting in the arrests of nine 7-Eleven franchise
owners and managers. They were charged with conspiring to commit wire
fraud, stealing identities and concealing and harboring illegal aliens
employed at their stores, according to the agency.
ICE said all but one pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6
million in back wages to workers.
Last year, ICE said it conducted 1,360 employee audits, making more than
300 arrests on criminal and administrative violations. Businesses were
ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeiture, fines and
restitution, the agency said, and $7.8 million in civil fines.
We are going to be doing more of this work and dedicating more resources
to make sure businesses are complying with the law, said Dani Bennett, an
ICE spokeswoman. This is a demonstration of our commitment to enforcing
Store owners and managers will have three days to provide the agency with
information about the immigration status of its employees, Bennett said.
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