Immigration agents around the country inspected numerous 7-Eleven stores to see if illegal aliens were working there.
Seven immigration agents filed into a 7-Eleven store before dawn Wednesday, waited for people to go through the checkout line and told arriving customers and a driver delivering beer to wait outside. A federal inspection was underway, they said.
Within 20 minutes, they verified that the cashier had a valid green card and served notice on the owner to produce hiring records in three days that deal with employees’ immigration status.
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.
The employment audits and interviews with store workers could lead to criminal charges or fines. And they appeared to open a new front in Trump’s expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and pledges to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico.
A top official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the audits were “the first of many” and “a harbinger of what’s to come” for employers.
This is a step in the right direction. 7-Eleven stores are certainly a logical place to start checking if an employer is employing illegal aliens. These stores are usually staffed by some variety of non-Whites, who may or may not have citizenship or green card status.
The more of these types of visits from immigration agents, the less likely it is that employers will take the risk to hire illegal aliens. When the jobs dry up, many of these illegal aliens will go back to where they came from.