ICE agents swarm 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, 21 people arrested

ICE Raids aren’t new -- just newly politicized in the Trump era.

One Hundred 7-11 stores in 17 states were targeting in a massive ICE operation before dawn on Wednesday and it’s just the start. Derek Benner, acting head of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, said there will be many more of these sweeping audits aimed at employers. So far Trumps expanded ICE ops have resulted in a 40% increase in deportation.

ICE is a gestapo force asking for papers and questioning people simply because they ‘look’ or ‘sound’ foreign, but it’s important to note this is nothing new. This 7-11 case started in 2013, when Obama quietly doubled these types of audits. Bush chose flashier methods, rounding up hundreds of workers in high profile helicopter raids in 2008.

The reason people are now paying attention is that Trump loudly stoked hatred to galvanize the issue of illegal hiring and rouse an angry political base. Trump’s inconsistant stance includes quietly pardoning a kosher meatpacking executive of his 27 year sentence, and hiring foreign workers in his golf courses and winery. It’s all political Sabre rattling.

It’s the age old trick, get us hating on each other, and hating on the poor who fill unwanted jobs, instead of looking at the real forces driving down wages, eroding benefits, and allowing needed social services to dry up. To dismiss the anti immigrant Trumpers as garbage people is slightly hypocritical, because these raids have been going on for years, under multiple administrations.

Submitted by Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca

Find out more by reading “Immigration agents descend on 7-Eleven stores in 17 states“ written by Elliot Spagat and Nomaan Merchant for The Associated Press and published by ABC News on January 10, 2018.