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By J.krishna moorthi

U.S. immigration agents raided nearly 100 7-eleven convenience stores nationwide on Wednesday arresting 21 people suspecting of being in the country illegally and giving owners a tight deadline to prove other employees are authorized to work.

The operation was the largest worksite enforcement, and customs enforcement, or ICE since Republican President Donald Trump took office last January, agency spokeswoman Danielle Bennett said in an email. “today’s actions send a strong message to US businesses that hire and employ illegal workforce.ICE will enforce the law and, if you are found to be breaking the law you will be accountable,” ICE deputy director Thomas Homan said in a statement.

“Notices of inspection” were delivered on Wednesday to 98 7-eleven stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Owners have three business days to produce documents showing employees are in the country legally, or they could face civil and criminal penalties, ICE said.

The company said in an emailed statement that the ICE actions were taken at franchised stores, whose owners and not the company are responsible for making hiring decisions based on compliance with federal, state and local laws.That includes verifying immigration status, 7-eleven said based in Irving, Texas 7-eleven has 60,000 convenience stores in 18 countries, including 8500 in the US.This raid part of the President Donald Trump immigration policy to crack down illegal people who were staying in the US and working for many years.

 

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