At least one Oregonian arrested in nationwide ICE raids

Image U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents serve an employment audit notice at a 7 Eleven convenience store

At least one Oregonian arrested in nationwide ICE raids

As NPR's Richard Gonzales reports, the action is the largest such immigration enforcement operation conducted under the Trump administration.

In a statement, the acting director of ICE, Thomas Homan, said the actions were meant to send a strong message to employers that if they hire an illegal workforce, his agency will hold them accountable.

ICE also conducted a similar targeted enforcement of 7-Eleven stores in 2013, which resulted in the arrest of nine managers accused of hiring workers who were living or working in the country illegally.

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Officials did not identify the locations of the southeast MI stores or the identity of the arrested worker.

A large number of 7-Eleven convenience stores in the United States are owned by Indian-Americans. "ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration", the acting director added.

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.

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Federal statistics show that under the Trump administration, arrests of suspected illegal immigrants have risen by 40 percent. They were charged with "conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities and concealing and harboring illegal aliens employed at their stores", according to the agency. The company has more than 8,600 stores across the country.

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.

It added that it had "terminated" the agreements of franchises convicted of violating the laws.

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After Trump entered the White House, the ICE has intensified its efforts against illegal immigrants.

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