Immigration officials target 100 7-Eleven stores in what top official calls 'harbinger of what's to come'

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Immigration officials targeted approximately 100 7-Eleven stores early Wednesday morning, opening up employment audits and interviewing employees in what Derek Benner, the deputy executive associate director of Homeland Security Investigations, told The Associated Press is a "harbinger of what's to come."

Wednesday's operation represents a new step in an investigation that was first opened in 2013, when a handful of 7-Eleven managers were found to have used stolen identities to employ more than 100 people illegally and pay them below minimum wage. The 7-Elevens targeted Wednesday will be required to prove that work authorizations were required during their hiring processes.

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