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ICE make arrests for alleged U.S. immigration law violations

Looking for new opportunities is not always easy. Many individuals find themselves struggling for some time before they are able to find the job, home or other solution to a need. Because of these difficulties, it is not unusual for people to enter the United States in hopes of finding better opportunities. However, they could face even more challenges if they are suspected of violating U.S. immigration law.

It was recently reported that nearly 100 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country, including in California, were inspected by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Apparently the investigations were in relation to the suspected hiring of undocumented immigrants within company franchises. However, 7-Eleven, Inc. indicated that franchise owners are responsible for hiring practices, and agreements between the company and franchisees are ended if immigration laws are violated.

As a result of the raids, 21 individuals were taken into ICE custody on suspicion of illegally entering the country. Reports stated that the investigation had been ongoing for four years. The ICE deputy director made a statement indicating that he hoped the raids would show that the agency was serious about enforcing immigration laws.

When individuals are taken into custody due to suspicions of violating U.S. immigration law, they face a serious predicament. Parties may fear detainment, deportation or other actions against them. People in California who may be facing such difficulties still have rights, and they may wish to enlist the assistance of knowledgeable attorneys who could help explain those rights and their legal options.

Source: Fox Business, "ICE raids 98 7-Eleven stores in immigration crackdown", Thomas Barrabi, Jan. 10, 2018

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