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Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said Thursday that the raids at about 100 7-Eleven stores are part of a larger "worksite enforcement" crackdown on companies hiring illegal immigrants.

The 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.

At least 21 arrests were made and the company took swift action to terminate franchise agreements at locations where arrests occurred. 

Homan said it's been "no secret" that worksite enforcement would be stepped up under the Trump administration.

"It was a big operation. It's one of many to come," he said on "Fox & Friends," adding that coming raids will also target small and medium-sized companies suspected of using illegal labor.

Homan said the goal is to "remove a magnet" for illegal entry into the United States and he expressed his support for a House bill to make the E-Verify system mandatory for all U.S. employers.

Watch the full interview above. 


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