7-Eleven Workplace Raids Signal New Front in Immigration Enforcement

Roy Maurer By Roy Maurer January 10, 2018
7-Eleven Workplace Raids Signal New Front in Immigration Enforcement

​Federal immigration agents targeted about a hundred 7-Eleven stores across the country Jan. 10 in the largest workplace enforcement operation under President Donald Trump.

Twenty-one people were arrested and the businesses will be required to produce I-9 forms for all employees in order to prove work authorization.

Sending a Message

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said employers better get used to a new normal. "This is what we're gearing up for this year, and what you're going to see more and more of is these large-scale compliance inspections, just for starters," an agency spokesman said. "It's not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big medium and small. It's going to be inclusive of everything that we see out there."


Repeat Violator

The operation reportedly arose from a 2013 investigation that resulted in charges against nine 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in New York and Virginia. In those cases, managers used more than 25 stolen identities to employ at least 115 people in the country illegally.

Neither 7-Eleven nor its parent company, Seven & I Holding Co. based in Tokyo, was charged in that case. Julie Myers Wood, former head of ICE during the Bush administration, said Wednesday's action was an example of immigration officials focusing enforcement efforts on a repeat violator.

(Associated Press)

How to Prepare for Workplace ICE Raids

Employers can avoid big fines by developing a comprehensive I-9 compliance program, which should include training, self-audits and an investigation-day action plan.

(SHRM Online)

Top 10 Mistakes in Handling I-9 Forms

Not understanding the difference between correcting I-9s and correcting practices leading to I-9 violations is one of the top mistakes employers make in handling I-9 forms. Employers should provide training so the same mistakes aren't made again and that immigration compliance policies and procedures should be updated after corrections are made.

(SHRM Online)

All Employers Are Responsible for I-9 Compliance

This e-learning course is a comprehensive overview of employment eligibility laws and regulations, Form I-9 requirements and the E-Verify system, including how to handle typical case results. It includes real-life scenarios and activities, which will prepare users to effectively manage the employment verification process.

(SHRM Online)

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