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Massive ICE sweep targets businesses in Northern California

February 2, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Massive ICE sweep targets businesses in Northern California

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted another massive sweep this week targeting businesses in Northern California, Less than a month after federal immigration officials raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Officials said Thursday ICE agents searched 77 businesses in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas in the largest localized raid since President Donald Trump took office,

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the raid emphasizes ICE acting director Thomas Homan’s call for a “400 percent increase” in agency operations focusing on workplaces.

Federal immigration officials issued notices of inspection, mandating businesses to provide proof their employees have legal status to work in the U.S.

The notice gives businesses three days to comply with the feds.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra along with Democratic lawmakers have remained on edge since a report released by the Chronicle last month indicated federal officials were planning such a raid.

“We will, as always, work with our federal partners in every respect to go after drug dealers, human traffickers, potential terrorists,” Becerra said in January. “We’re not in the business of deportation. We’re in the business of public safety.”

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