ICE Targets Northwest 7-Eleven Stores As Part Of Nationwide Raid

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Homan has stated that in response to the Sanctuary State law that went into effect January 1, he plans to "significantly increase" the enforcement presence ICE has in California with more special agents and more deportations - a move he claims is privately supported by local police. In fact, the acting head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said that Wednesday's raids were created to send a clear message to businesses not to hire unauthorized workers.

The 21 employees from various stores arrested on charges of being illegal now faces deportation.

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.

A customer tries to enter the closed 7-Eleven store in Hellertown while ICE authorities were conducting an enforcement effort there Wednesday morning. This obligation requires 7-Eleven franchisees to verify work eligibility in the U.S. for all of their prospective employees prior to hiring.

In 2013, Homeland Security conducted an investigation into various 7-Eleven franchises and arrested nine franchise owners and managers for conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities, and concealing and harboring undocumented workers at their stores.

This comes at a time of a surge in immigration arrests.

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From Jan. 20 to September 30, 2017, ICE officers arrested 110,568 people, a 42 percent increase over the same time period a year ago, according to the ICE website. According to the paper, at least 163 immigrant workers were arrested by ICE after they got injured on the job.

Arrests for non-criminal immigration violations rose more than 50 percent compared to past year. "From there, we will look at whether these cases warrant an administrative posture or criminal investigation", Benner said.

On January 10, 2018, HSI targeted 98 retail operations in nationwide worksite raids occurring in 17 states and Washington D.C. Such activity will likely be the first of many future worksite enforcement actions under the current administration. "It's going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there". "It's about removing that magnet". ICE agents can serve a notice of inspection to alert businesses that officials are going to audit their hiring records to check for compliance with the law.

Store owners and managers will have three days to provide the agency with information about the immigration status of their employees, Bennett said. If employers are not in compliance with the law, an I-9 inspection of their business will likely result in civil fines and could lay the groundwork for criminal prosecution, if they are knowingly violating the law.

This comes as a result of an intensified bid to terminate any existing practices in hiring undocumented immigrants. John Sandweg, an acting ICE director under Obama, said significant fines instilled fear in employers and avoided draining resources from other enforcement priorities, which include child exploitation, human trafficking and money laundering.

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