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13 January 2018

The well-rehearsed scene, executed with quiet efficiency in Los Angeles' Koreatown, played out at about 100 7-Eleven stores in 17 states and the District of Columbia, a rolling operation that officials called the largest immigration action against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency.

USA immigration agents raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday and arrested 21 people in the biggest crackdown on a company suspected of hiring undocumented workers since President Donald Trump took office. Agents said they targeted about 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers. Twenty-one people suspected of being and working in this country illegally were arrested.

President Trump has been tough on immigration during his year in office, and this past October ICE's acting director pledged to quadruple workplace crackdowns.

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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have started sending officers to places of employment where they believe undocumented immigrants could be employed. 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".

Benner said they're not just targeting big companies. "7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously", said the statement, insisting the company "has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws".

DOL's practices contradict Inslee's executive order last February that Washington remains a state that "doesn't utilize state employees as agents of federal immigration services", as well as State Attorney General Bob Ferguson's demand for privacy for undocumented immigrants in his suit against Motel 6 over its release of guest lists to federal agents of ICE. ICE noted that this raid was a follow-up on their 2013 investigation of 7-Eleven franchises.

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In a statement, 7-Eleven Inc said its stores operate independently on a franchisee basis but they are required to adhere to all federal and local laws. Several have pleaded guilty and forfeited their franchises, and have been ordered to pay millions of dollars in back wages owed to the workers.

Early on Wednesday morning, a team of ICE agents were sent to a series of 7-Eleven stores to conduct investigations.

Trump ran on a promise to crack down and deport undocumented workers.

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State Department of Licensing gives residents' personal information to ICE agents