Inspection notices at 7-Eleven stores served by immigration officials

Inspection notices at 7-Eleven stores served by immigration officials

"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.

"Today's actions send a strong message to USA 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", the agency's acting deputy director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a message to reporters.

In its own statement, 7-Eleven said it is aware of the raids and its franchisees are "independent business owners" who are "solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States".

Officials say there were no arrests in the Charlotte area during these raids, but 21 people were arrested around the country. And under him, ICE has reportedly made almost 40 percent more arrests.

"For the Trump administration, it's all about PR: They want to create the feeling that there's a new enforcement regime in town", Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute's offices at NYU School of Law, told HuffPost.

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.

On Wednesday, ICE about the raids on its Twitter account. The franchise owners have three days to provide the agency with the immigration status of their workers.


Eight of the accused wound up pleading guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages.

DOL's practices contradict Inslee's executive order last February that Washington remains a state that "doesn't utilize state employees as agents of federal immigration services", as well as State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's demand for privacy for undocumented immigrants in his suit against Motel 6 over its release of guest lists to federal agents of ICE.

It added that it had "terminated" the agreements of franchises convicted of violating the laws.

Under President Donald Trump, ICE has stepped up its efforts to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in the US.

For the undocumented community, such extensive and visible raids in workplaces can drive people underground, making them to abuse, including. Nicolas Garcia said he didn't think the raid was fair.

"It's important for Trump to show that they're not just arresting the hapless schmo from Honduras but also but also the politically powerful American employer", he said.

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