Immigration Agents Target Nearly 100 7-11 Stores

A total of 21 people were arrested on suspicion of being in the U.S. illegally as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served inspection notices at convenience stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Administration officials argue workplace raids will decrease illegal immigration by placing pressure on employers with fines and possible criminal charges.

Federal immigration agents targeted nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the nation for audits and inspections Wednesday as the Trump administration ramps up workplace raids to punish employers hiring people who are in the country illegally, reports the Los Angeles Times. A total of 21 people were arrested on suspicion of being in the U.S. illegally as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served inspection notices at convenience stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Administration officials argue workplace raids will decrease illegal immigration by placing pressure on employers with fines and possible criminal charges.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. 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,” said acting ICE Director Thomas Homan. Elena Lopez, a Los Angeles resident, said she was appalled when she heard agents had come to the convenience store in her quiet neighborhood. “They’re intimidating people — the owner, the workers and now the clients,” Lopez said.

from https://thecrimereport.org