nj.com – Immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country Wednesday, including New Jersey, to begin checking on employees’ immigration status in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.
Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began four years ago with a case against a franchisee on New York’s Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores’ hiring practices. Twenty-one people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally were arrested.
The agency said it sent agents to deliver audit notifications and conduct interviews, temporarily shutting down franchises in Washington, D.C., and 17 states: Oregon, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
In a statement, 7-Eleven said: “We are aware of Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions taken at certain franchise locations. 7-Eleven Franchisees are independent business owners and are solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States.”
SMFH now I need to go see if the homie that works at the 7- Eleven across from my gig is there still.