ICE Raids on 7-Eleven Franchise Stores Result in 21 Arrests

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In a statement, 7-Eleven said: "We are aware of ICE actions taken at certain franchise locations".

John Sandweg, an acting ICE director under Obama, said significant fines instilled fear in employers and draining resources from other enforcement priorities.

"Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration, and we are working hard to remove this magnet", Homan said.

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. This obligation requires 7-Eleven franchisees to verify work eligibility in the United States for all of their prospective employees prior to hiring.

ICE gave no reason why 7-Eleven, famous for the Slurpee, was targeted. All of those individuals have now been arrested as of November 2017, and eight out of the nine pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in restitution for back wages.

The well-rehearsed scene, executed with quiet efficiency in Los Angeles' Koreatown, played out at about 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia, a rolling operation that officials called the largest immigration action against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. But the agents were shown valid employment records with Social Security numbers, two workers at each of the stores said, and no one was arrested. ICE's actions against 7-Eleven are a clear indicator of keeping that promise.

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Wednesday's operation arose from a 2013 investigation that resulted in charges against nine 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in NY and Virginia.

Under President George W. Bush, ICE grabbed headlines by rounding up unauthorized workers at meatpacking plants, fruit suppliers, carwashes and residences.

According to the WNDU16 the notices are meant to verfiy businesses are running with employees who have proper work authorization.

One of the biggest workplace immigration raids, in May 2008, resulted in the detention of almost 400 undocumented immigrants, including several children, at an Iowa meatpacking plant.

President Trump commuted Mr. Rubashkin's 27-year prison sentence last month, after years of lobbying by a number of prominent lawyers and politicians who considered his term unduly harsh, and perhaps even anti-Semitic. The raid was in May 2008, not July.

KEZI 9 News spoke to a cashier at the 7-Eleven on Coburg Road in Eugene.