Despite 7-Eleven being the target in the latest audits, ICE’S Homeland Security Investigations Derek Benner said all employers are going to be susceptible to inspection.
Federal immigration agents arrested 21 suspected illegal immigrants Wednesday after auditing about 100 7-Eleven stores as a part of four-year investigation into the employees’ immigration statuses.
Acting head of ICE’S Homeland Security Investigations Derek Benner said Wednesday’s audit was “the first of many” to come for employers across the country.
“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,” Benner said.
Following these inspections, officials have said they’ll decide whether the cases warrant a criminal investigation.
ICE’s top official, Thomas D. Homan, said in a statement that this type of hiring is a key factor that draws illegal immigrants into the U.S., The Washington Post reported.
“Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet,” Homan’s statement said. “ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration.”
Despite 7-Eleven being the target in the latest audits, Benner said all employers would going to susceptible to inspection.
“It’s not going to be limited to large companies or any particular industry, big medium and small,” he said.