Federal immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country before daybreak on Wednesday, arresting undocumented workers and demanding paperwork from managers, in what the Trump administration described as its largest enforcement operation against employers so far. "We are not anxious at this store; everyone here has papers", he said.
"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", the agency's acting deputy director, Thomas D. Homan, said in a message to reporters.
GONZALES: For its part, Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven said in an emailed statement that its franchisees are independent business owners and exclusively responsible for who they hire and verifying who is eligible to work.
Hassid expanded on how much power immigration enforcement has.
Employers were largely spared, and fines plummeted during the Bush administration, according to a Congressional Research Service report. This would involve interviewing on-site workers and investigating employment records to verify the status of the staffs.
Nonetheless, as terror tactics go, hitting employers for hiring undocumented workers IS the preferred method of frightening everybody into compliance.
According to the Times, the agency did this as many as 20 to 30 times a month. Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said Wednesday events offered "a good sign" that the administration was serious about going after employers. In a shift, the agency under President Barack Obama focused on catching border crossers, deporting convicted criminals and pursuing employers on paper, by inspecting the I-9 forms that employers are required to fill out and keep to verify their workers' eligibility. "It leads to outrage, fear and criticism that manifests itself in congressional hearings and newspaper stories".
"Instead of raiding 7-Elevens & imprisoning immigrants, how about we raid corporate boardrooms and find the people who pay unlivable wages?" he wrote in a subsequent tweet. A federal inspection was underway, they said. But 21 poor schlubs got caught while they were (wait for it) AT WORK TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER LIFE FOR THEIR FAMILIES!
Illegal hiring is rarely prosecuted, partly because investigations are time-consuming and convictions are hard to achieve because employers can claim they were duped by fraudulent documents or intermediaries.
NUNEZ: And no one questions that the way to stop illegal immigration is to stop them from getting jobs.
Chishti, of the Migration Policy Institute, noted another benefit to the 7-Eleven raids and the others sure to follow.
The same nationalists who will tell you that immigrants are "lazy" are sitting there thrilled that the government caught 21 working freaking people.
"This administration thrives on public relations", he said. "And it creates a public perception for the base that a new day in immigration enforcement has really dawned".