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ICE Carried Out Raids At 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide And Arrested 21 People

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This week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent a strong message to employers: if you hire undocumented workers, they will be detained. To prove its message, ICE raided 98 7-Eleven store chains in 17 states, which resulted in the arrest of 21 employees. The New York Times reports that the Trump administration has called this raid “its largest enforcement operation against employers so far.” And more raids are expected in the near future.

“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,” said Thomas D. Homan, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director, in a press release. “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.”

According to The Oakland Press, ICE raided 7-elevens before dawn on Wednesday, Jan. 10. ICE served inspection notices to stores in the following states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington State, and Washington, D.C. Of the 98 stores raided, 16 of those are in New York City.

A 7-Eleven spokesperson stated the following in an emailed statement to The Oakland Press:

“7-Eleven franchisees are independent business owners and are solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States….7-Eleven requires all franchise business owners to comply with all federal, state and local employment laws,” the statement continued. “7-Eleven takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws.”

While this is the largest raid for a franchise company, two months ago we reported about a raid conducted at a a bakery in Chicago that lost 800 people due to ICE detainment.

READ: 800 Undocumented Workers Lost Their Jobs At A Chicago Bakery After Immigration Raid

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An Undocumented Man Was Denied A Lifesaving Heart Transplant Because Of His Status

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An Undocumented Man Was Denied A Lifesaving Heart Transplant Because Of His Status

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Jose Robles, a 42-year-old father of three, is in desperate need of a heart transplant. However,  the organ bank denied him because he’s undocumented.

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“My cousin was denied a heart transplant because of his legal status,” Mabel Chavez wrote on Facebook. “He is a father to three beautiful children. My family and I are broken and cannot fathom how a piece of paper can stop someone from receiving the proper care. He was given 4 weeks to 1 year to live. Right now we are trying to spread awareness and are in search for any information. If you have experience with situations like this, or know anyone who does please let us know. Most importantly keep my cousin and our family in your prayers. Thank you.”

His daughter, Jasmine, went on Twitter to plead for help, and her tweet has gone viral.

Her tweet has been retweeted more than 200,000 times, and the family has since started a GoFundme page for Jose. Their goal is to reach $800,000. So far, however, less than $10,000 has been raised.

Jasmine was asked on Twitter if her family was in need of an “immigration sponsor, a donor, money, or all three.” Jasmine responded by saying they need all three.

According to their GoFundme page, his undocumented status seems to be his biggest setback.

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“In the last few days we have been seeking legal help in this situation,” Mabel writes on Gofundme. “As many have pointed out, the organ donor website states that non-residents can receive an organ in the U.S. However, according to the doctor, the organ bank that the hospital contacted denied Jose from being put on the list because there is a preference for legal U.S. residents. The doctors team has been calling many organ banks but every single one they’ve called has deemed Jose ineligible based on his citizenship status. The doctor even expressed shock seeing as this is happening in California of all states. It’s an infuriating situation as this is clearly a violation of the organ donor registry’s own terms. As of today, that is what I know but I am still trying to get every detail on this specific point and will update it soon for all of you.”

The response to her tweet has been overwhelming.

CREDIT: Facebook/Mabel Chavez

We have reached out to Jasmine for a comment and will update this story when we hear back.

READ: People Are Turning To Twitter To Express How They Feel About The 23-Year-Old Who Was Taken By ICE

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