And they appeared to open a new front in Trump's expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and pledges to spend billions of dollars on a border wall with Mexico.
The Times said that when DOL gives information to ICE, it redacts a field on the driver's license application showing a Social Security number, but leaves visible fields showing where someone was born and the ID used (passports or other documents) - information that could be used as evidence of a foreign-born person who possibly could be in the country illegally.
In a statement, 7-Eleven Inc said its stores operate independently on a franchisee basis but they are required to adhere to all federal and local laws.
It will only respond to requests about specific individuals when given a name and a crime that officers are investigating, he said.
Benner said they're not just targeting big companies. Administrative fines are discounted by some as a business cost. In 2008, agents arrived by helicopter at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and detained almost 400 workers.
Meanwhile the 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.
ICE said all but one pleaded guilty and were ordered to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages to workers.
Julie Myers Wood, former head of ICE during the Bush administration, said Wednesday's action showed that immigration officials were focusing their enforcement efforts on a repeat violator. The company has more than 8,600 stores across the country.
"We are going to be doing more of this work and dedicating more resources to make sure businesses are complying with the law", said Dani Bennett, an ICE spokeswoman.
On January 10, 2018 ICE issued a press release setting forth its three-pronged approach to worksite enforcement compliance: "compliance, through I-9 inspections, civil fines and referrals for debarment; enforcement, through the arrest of employers, knowingly employing undocumented workers, and the arrest of unauthorized workers for violation of laws associated with working without authorization; and outreach, through the ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers (IMAGE) program, to instill a culture of compliance and accountability". But, he said, the administration would need to go beyond audits. In Koreatown, agents gathered in a grocery store parking lot and drove through side streets in unmarked cars to their target location. These forms are used to verify workers eligibility to work in the country.