At least five South Florida 7-Eleven stores were raided by Immigration agents as part of a nationwide investigation.
Immigration agents showed up early Wednesday morning at stores in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
An ICE spokesperson confirmed that while the stores were targeted as part of their investigation, no arrests were made. Locations in Homestead, Davie, Haverhill, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale were all visited as part of ICE’s Florida raid.
According to employees, the agents sought identification on store employees. In all, 98 7-Eleven stores were inspected.
ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan said in a statement that the actions were intended to send “a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce” he went on to say, “ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,”
In 2013, Immigration agents investigated a variety of 7-Eleven stores which led previously to the arrest of nine franchise owners and managers. They were held on charges of conspiring to commit wire fraud, stealing identities, and concealing and harboring illegal aliens employed at their stores.
The raid and presence on Wednesday was intended to serve as a follow up and make sure that 7-Eleven has continued to use proper hiring and employment practices.