Inspection notices at 7-Eleven stores served by immigration officials

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KEZI 9 News reached out to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for a list of the exact 7-Eleven locations that were raided.

Across the country, federal immigration officials served inspection notices at close to 100 7-Eleven stores in 18 states including two in Indianapolis, four in metro Detroit and five in Chicago.

The so-called employment audits and interviews with store workers could lead to criminal charges or fines.

Homan characterized the operation as a new front in the Trump administration's broader immigration crackdown and its effort to increase deportations.

Benner said they're not just targeting big companies. The chain with more than 8,600 convenience stores in the US said it has previously ended franchise agreements for owners convicted of breaking employment laws.

The Wednesday dawn raids in 98 7-Eleven convenient stores resulted in the arrest of 21 people.

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. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost.

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GONZALES: Critics say workplace enforcement actions during the George W. Bush administration were not effective. In 2008, agents arrived by helicopter at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and detained almost 400 workers. It was the largest operation against a single employer since President Trump assumed office.

ICE said all but one pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages to workers. The company has more than 8,600 stores across the country.

Neither 7-Eleven nor was its parent company, Seven & I Holding Co. based in Tokyo, was charged in that case.

"Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet", he said in a statement. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers.

"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.

The manager was in Bangladesh and the owner, reached by phone, told the clerk to accept whatever documents were served. These forms are used to verify workers eligibility to work in the country.