7-Eleven Immigration Raids Net 21 Arrests, Nearly 100 Stores Targeted

Federal immigration agents arrested 21 suspected illegal immigrants Wednesday after auditing about 100 7-Eleven stores as a part of four-year investigation into the employees’ immigration statuses.

Wednesday’s operation stemmed from a 2013 investigation under the Obama administration that found managers used stolen identities to hire 115 illegal immigrants and pay them below minimum wage, court documents said. Officials called it the largest immigration action against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.

9 of the 7-Eleven franchisees and managers in New York and Virginia were charged. Since then, 8 people have pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages.

 

Trump Suggests Comprehensive Immigration Reform If He Gets His Border Wall

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is open to a deal that would pair protections for undocumented young people with border security, and would be willing to address “comprehensive immigration reform” later.

But he reiterated that he would not approve any deal with congressional leaders without his signature border wall or restrictions on legal immigration. “I’d love not to build the wall, but you need the wall,” he told reporters at the White House. “If you don’t have the wall, you can’t have security.”

 

Judge Blocks Trump Administration Plan to Roll Back DACA

A federal judge in California late Tuesday temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Judge William Alsup also said the administration must resume receiving DACA renewal applications. He added that a nationwide injunction was “appropriate” because “our country has a strong interest in the uniform application of immigration law and policy.”

Alsup’s decision follows a number of rulings by other U.S. judges seeking to rein in Trump’s immigration policies, including decisions that limited administration moves against sanctuary cities and narrowed the scope of a ban against travel from some Muslim-majority counties.

That decision has set off a fierce debate in Washington as Democrats and Republicans spar about how to provide relief for all DACA recipients. In response to the ruling, the Department of Justice questioned the legality of DACA, calling it “an unlawful circumvention of Congress.”

 

Lawmakers Seek Deal On Immigration, Border Security

Bargainers seeking a bipartisan immigration accord planned talks as soon as Wednesday as President Donald Trump and leading lawmakers sought to parlay an extraordinary White House meeting into momentum for resolving a politically blistering issue.

Trump said that the much needed immigration deal could be reached in two phases, first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a “bill of love,” then by making comprehensive changes that have long eluded Congress. That second bill would likely face long odds for passage, considering long-running disagreements over issues like how to handle all 11 million immigrants illegally in the U. S.

 

Joe Arpaio, Controversial Sheriff Pardoned by Trump, Enters Arizona Senate Race

Joe Arpaio, the Republican former Maricopa County sheriff known for his hardline immigration tactics, says he’s running for Senate.

Rep. Martha McSally, the preference of national Republicans in the race to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake, is also set to enter the race this week. Flake predicted Arpaio’s Senate run will be short-lived. “Write about it fast cause it won’t last long,” he told reporters after an immigration-focused meeting at the White House.

“I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in an interview kicking off his campaign. “I’m going to have to work hard; you don’t take anything for granted. But I would not being doing this if I thought that I could not win. I’m not here to get my name in the paper, I get that every day, anyway.”

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