Immigration agents raid 7-Eleven stores in NC


In a dramatic crackdown, immigration agents across the country before dawn Wednesday, interviewing employees and managers, serving audit notices and arresting 21 workers.

Moreover the action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40% increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico.

"Under the current administration, all workers encountered during these investigations who are unauthorized to remain in the US are subject to administrative arrest and removal from the country", ICE said in its statement on the 7-Eleven operations. An employee at a nearby convenience store told India-West he had heard about the early morning raid but could not confirm if anyone was arrested.

In a statement, the acting director of ICE, Thomas Homan, said the actions were meant to send a strong message to employers that if they hire an illegal workforce, his agency will hold them accountable.

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Benner said they're not just targeting big companies. "We are not anxious at this store; everyone here has papers", he said. "We're going to prosecute employers that knowingly hire illegal aliens, (and) we're going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers". The company has more than 8,600 stores across the country. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost. Employers were fined so rarely that the government recorded zero fines in all of 2006.

After Trump entered the White House, the ICE has intensified its efforts against illegal immigrants. The agency started more reviews of forms that all employees must sign verifying their identity and immigration status.

Barack Obama's administration more than doubled employer audits to more than 3,100 a year in 2013, shunning Bush's flashier approach.

According to the Times, the agency did this as many as 20 to 30 times a month. "It leads to outrage, fear and criticism that manifests itself in congressional hearings and newspaper stories".

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"Instead of raiding 7-Elevens & imprisoning immigrants, how about we raid corporate boardrooms and find the people who pay unlivable wages?" he wrote in a subsequent tweet.

"Audits are good because they're cost effective", she said. "They came at 6 the morning, and asked my dad, who is a USA citizen, for papers", Paljeet told India-West. "It doesn't hold the workers accountable". "It's basically gotten out of hand and it hasn't been equal how it used to be and we're not reunited anymore", Garcia said.

NUNEZ: And no one questions that the way to stop illegal immigration is to stop them from getting jobs. Nicolas Garcia said he didn't think the raid was fair.

Chishti, of the Migration Policy Institute, noted another benefit to the 7-Eleven raids and the others sure to follow.

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