Immigration agents carried out pre-dawn inspections at dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country Wednesday, opening employment audits and interviewing workers in a massive worksite enforcement operation.
Agents targeted 98 stores coast-to-coast, in a follow-up to an investigation that began four years ago with a 7-Eleven franchisee on New York’s Long Island, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Investigators served so-called notices of inspection (NOIs), which are audits of employment paperwork to find out if a company’s employees are authorized to work in the U.S. NOIs were served at 7-Eleven stores in Washington, D.C., California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
ICE officials said the operation was a “harbinger of what’s to come,” referring to the Trump administration’s intent to investigate employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants or discriminate against U.S. workers.
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