U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested 21 suspected undocumented employees Wednesday at 7-Eleven franchise locations across the country, including in Nevada.
The arrests, which are administrative and require those arrested to appear in immigration court, were part of an ICE sweep in which the agency served 98 7-Eleven convenience stores with audit notices, a tool the agency uses to monitor whether stores are hiring undocumented workers. It was not known how many locations in Nevada were served.
“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” ICE Deputy Director Thomas D. Homan said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
Derek Benner, a top ICE official, told the Associated Press that Wednesday’s operation was “the first of many” and “a harbinger of what’s to come” for employers.