ICE is again including employer sanctions and raids as part of their enforcement of immigration laws. On Wednesday morning 7-Eleven stores across the nation were targeted for
Removing the magnets that attract illegals, such as American jobs and social programs, has long been recognized as an effective tool in fighting the foreign invasion. As such it’s been largely ignored by open borders governments in the past.
That’s changing with the Trump administration, which is now placing an emphasis on workplace enforcement and employer sanctions. Evidence of the new return to enforcement of the laws enacted during the 1986 amnesty came during the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning, as ICE agents targeted 7-Eleven convenience stores.
In what is described as the largest operation against a single employer under the Trump presidency, ICE agents conducted field audits of approximately 100 stores, with possible criminal charges being the result. Officers arrested 21 illegals during the operation.
Derek Benner, acting head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, which oversees cases against employers, said the operation on Wednesday was the “the first of many” and “a harbinger of what’s to come” for employers.
He added, “This is what we’re gearing up for this year and what you’re going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters.”
According to AP, at one store in Los Angeles’ Korea town, seven agents arrived in unmarked cars and shut down the store for twenty minutes while interviewing the only employee on duty, who had a valid green card. The manager was in Bangladesh at the time. Agents advised the clerk and manager that they would be back on Tuesday for employment records.
Benner said that following the inspections and audits a determination will be made in each case as to whether further action, including criminal prosecutions, is warranted. He warned, “It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big, medium and small.”
The Wednesday operation came as the result of a 2013 investigation that produced criminal charges against nine 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in Virginia and New York. Eight have already pleaded guilty and have been ordered to pay over $2.6 million in back wages. A ninth defendant was just arrested in November.
The investigation revealed that the managers used over 25 stolen identities to employ at least 115 illegal aliens, paying them below minimum wage and, of course, not hiring Americans for American jobs in the process.
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