Inspection notices at 7-Eleven stores served by immigration officials

Inspection notices at 7-Eleven stores served by immigration officials

A large number of 7-Eleven convenience stores in the U.S. are owned by Indian-Americans.

MICHAEL KAUFMAN: There were a large number of workers who were arrested, but at the end of the day, it did not create a large deterrent, and it did nothing to solve the problem of the many undocumented workers that remain here contributing to our economy and supporting their families. Agents dropped in on 7-Eleven stores in seven cities in southeast Florida, including Miami Beach, according to Nestor Yglesias, an ICE spokesman; he, too, declined to identify specific stores. "But under that approach, (employers) may fire their worker, but they end up going to another employer down the street". The agents left after reviewing his father's passport, but returned again with demands for more information.

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

Approximately two-thirds of America's convenience stores are owned by Indian Americans and other South Asians, according to data from the American Petroleum and Convenient Store Association.

ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke told India-West that the January 10 raids were a "routine investigative component conducted by ICE Homeland Security Investigations".

"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. "Stores were targeted based on intelligence agents have obtained through an ongoing investigation".

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

"When we talk about targeting employers, that's auditing employers to see if they followed those rules".

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"Today's actions send a strong message to USA 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".

"ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration", he continued.

Within 20 minutes, they verified that the cashier had a valid green card and served notice on the owner to produce hiring records in three days.

Authorities said at least one person was arrested after ICE conducted immigration raids at 98 convenient stores nationwide.

Brittney Rezaei, immigrant rights attorney at the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told India-West CAIR is concerned about the raids. The agency started more reviews of forms that all employees must sign verifying their identity and immigration status. "This is concerning and troubling".

Moreover the action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40% increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico.

PETER NUNEZ: People come here to find work.