ICE Raids 7-Eleven Convenience Stores In South Florida, Part 100 7-Eleven Locations Raided Nationwide
By BRAD SLAGER, SUNSHINE STATE NEWS // January 13, 2018
ABOVE VIDEO: ICE raids 7-Eleven stores across the country.
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – As part of a nationwide investigation into the employment legality of workers, the Trump administration this week instigated a concentrated effort targeting 7-Eleven convenience stores.
Five locations in South Florida have been visited, as well as two others in the Vero Beach area, part of a larger nationwide effort.
The Dade stores were located in Homestead and Miami Beach, and two more in Broward County, at Davie and Fort Lauderdale; one additional store was visited in West Palm Beach.
These Florida searches did not lead to arrests, but the message of one company becoming targeted with searches by immigration officials is being delivered.
While not raids specifically, agents arrived to conduct “compliance inspections.” This would involve interviewing on-site workers and investigating employment records to verify the status of the staffs. The Florida locations were just some of the nearly 100 7-Eleven locations that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were looking into.
This makes for the largest such investigation of an employer by the Trump administration.
In a message meant for businesses, the inspections have been described as “a harbinger of what’s to come” by one administration official, Derek Benner. The acting head of ICE division of Homeland Security Investigations stated, “This is what we’re gearing up for this year, and what you’re going to see more and more of — these large-scale compliance inspections.”
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