U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices.
The action appears to open a new front in Mr. Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico. Hardliners have been pressing for a tougher stance on employers.
"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," Thomas D. Homan, ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director, said in a statement. "Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration and we are working hard to remove this magnet. ICE will continue its efforts to protect jobs for American workers by eliminating unfair competitive advantages for companies that exploit illegal immigration..."
Though agents arrested 21 people suspected of being in the country illegally during Wednesday's sweep, the action was aimed squarely at management.
[ICE Agents Descend On Dozens Of 7-Eleven Stores In Immigration Operation, CBS/AP, January 10, 2017]
Thomas Homan should know better, Operation Slurpee was a major disappointment. A measly 21 arrests should be embarrassing to Homan, who rose through the ranks at the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), though given that most ICE SVU agents have little or no immigration law training and the ICE Office of the Principal Legal Advisor is a shill for the Treason Bar, one is not surprised. There are few legacy INS agents still left in ICE SVU, legally known as Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a component of ICE that is hostile to immigration law enforcement, so the lack of knowledge of immigration law could be an issue there.
However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, the enigma Kirstjen Nielsen, has said that more is coming. To that I say, show me the money.
Following raids last week on 98 7-Eleven stores, DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen said on "Fox News Sunday" that more raids on businesses that have hired illegal immigrants are coming:
"Yes, and the message we're trying to send is if you consistently and willfully ignore the laws congress and the American people have passed, and you will be held accountable. These are not accidental hirings of illegal immigrants. Some of these companies unfortunately have continually and systematically tried to get around the system."
[DHS Secretary: Expect More Immigration Raids On Businesses, by Dave Lawler, Axios, January 14, 2017]
So, I can give Homan some room. He's got an insubordinate component in ICE SVU, so he has to move slowly. And I hope the next raids have more arrests. ICE SVU can do better, and should be held to higher standards. But next time, show me the money.
But it is not only ICE SVU that is sabotaging immigration enforcement. Secretary Nielson should look into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Recently they encountered an illegal alien from Israel who left the U.S. to go to Mexico without Advanced Parole, e.g. permission to leave the United States. For some reason, the Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry did not use Expedited Removal (ER) to immediately deport #IllegalAlien Orr Yakobi.
UCSD student and DACA recipient Orr Yakobi, who was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) last Sunday, was released this afternoon.
“He is out. And it’s amazing,” said Jacob Sapochnick, Yakobi’s attorney. “I went this morning to visit him. And while I was there, they told me he was going to be released.”
Sapochnick was surprised at the outcome, but is overjoyed with the result.
[UCSD Student And DACA Recipient Orr Yakobi Released, by Gabe Schneider, The Triton, January 12, 2017]
It appears that Neilson allowed politics to interfere with the application of American immigration law.
“The night before, I emailed the information back and forth to ICE with some our arguments as to why they feel he should be released,” he said. “I guess it was a combination of everything: the political pressure, the common sense that he shouldn’t be in jail.
On one hand, we have raids and promises of raids, then when one illegal alien shows up at a border inspection post, CBP doesn't use ER to deport him immediately. DHS is experiencing a conflict within itself over whether it will act to enforce the law, it is at war with itself. Time for President Trump to fix the problem by showing illegal aliens the door.