U.S. immigration operation targets 7-Eleven stores in 17 states

Image U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7 Eleven convenience store

Immigration agents raid 7-Eleven stores nationwide, arrest 21 people in biggest crackdown of Trump era

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

"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". From late January through August 2017, arrests by ICE were up more than 43 percent over the same period in 2016. "7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws".

Not all franchisees have been scrupulous about whom they hire.

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The federal operation was a follow-up to the 2013 arrests of nine 7-Eleven franchise owners and managers, ICE said in a statement. Eight have pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages, and the ninth was arrested in November.

Some 98 of the convenience stores nationwide - from Los Angeles to NY - were targeted by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose top official described the raids as a warning to other companies that may have unauthorized employees on their payrolls.

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.

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USA immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under 's presidency.

In all, 16 of the 98 stores visited on Wednesday were in the New York City area, according to an ICE spokeswoman, Rachael Yong Yow, who would not specify their locations. He said there would be more employment audits and investigations, though there is no numerical goal.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrest numbers are up.

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GONZALES: Critics say workplace enforcement actions during the George W. Bush administration were not effective. This obligation requires 7-Eleven franchisees to verify work eligibility in the U.S. for all of their prospective employees prior to hiring. This means that all store associates in a franchised store are employees of the Franchisee and not 7-Eleven, Inc. In 2008, agents arrived by helicopter at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and detained almost 400 workers.

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