7-Eleven Obeyed the Law! Oh No!

Pacific Standard – a California-based, social-justice-oriented online publication – recently posted an article titled “Rights Groups Blast 7-Eleven Over Its Reported Complicity in Immigration Sweeps.” The piece accuses convenience store chain 7-Eleven of manipulating immigration law in order to serve its corporate interests.

Apparently, the chain’s standard licensing agreement allows the corporation to revoke franchise agreements if the operators violate immigration laws. And the open borders lobby wants everyone to believe that 7-Eleven has chosen to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) solely because it wants to repossess profitable franchises.

According to Pacific Standard and the alleged “rights” groups that it cites, 7-Eleven is “guilty of weaponizing the [Trump] administration’s anti-immigrant agenda to silence opponents of its corporate policy,” and “intimidate” franchisees who oppose current immigration laws.

Calling such claims hyperbolic is an understatement. If 7-Eleven were cooperating with the Department of Labor on wage and hour investigations, or with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on workplace injury prevention programs, there would be no outcry. But the open borders lobby doesn’t like immigration law, so they manufacture false moral and legal arguments for not complying with it.

And Pacific Standard seems more than willing to act as the mouthpiece for the anti-borders contingent, running a story that is so one-sided as to be deliberately misleading. Here’s an alternative view of the situation:

  • Like every other corporation in the United States, 7-Eleven is obligated to comply with federal law. If it doesn’t, the organization faces employer sanctions and its corporate principals could face criminal prosecution. So 7-Eleven’s cooperation with ICE would more accurately (and more logically) be characterized as good corporate citizenship, rather than improper manipulation of the government to further some greed-fueled conspiracy.
  • The organizations being cited shouldn’t be referred to as “rights groups.” Illegal aliens don’t have any right whatsoever to accept employment in the United States. Any group claiming that enforcement of our immigration laws deprives illegal aliens of a right is simply condoning lawless behavior.

Most Americans don’t find anything remotely improper or immoral about prosecuting illegal aliens for unlawfully accepting work in the United States. Nor do they see anything wrong with prosecuting employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens. But Pacific Standard isn’t interested that side of the story. It simply doesn’t fit the politically correct narrative that any enforcement action by ICE is a violation of illegal aliens’ “rights” and that any company that attempts to comply with immigration law is anti-immigrant.

But what’s most offensive about the relentless attacks on companies like Greyhound, Motel 6 and 7-Eleven is the blatant hypocrisy of both the open borders agitators and the mainstream media. Even as they accuse law-abiding companies of engaging in “intimidation tactics,” the critics of our immigration laws are mounting a libelous smear campaign intended to intimidate those companies into adopting their lawless open borders agenda.

Let’s hope 7-Eleven doesn’t knuckle under the way that Motel 6 recently did. Corporate compliance with our immigration laws is just good business.

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    So, Cynthia, you are saying that all the thousands and thousands of Mexican citizens that enter our country every month, come here legally??? Girl, what have you been reading? Your statement is ridiculous in its ignorance.

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      You can trust Democrats. I’ve been one all my life. We do believe in helping people of all nationalities. We believe in Justice. I did my own research and Mexico has to go legally where they can come into the States legal. Other wise they won’t let you all in. I am black.

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        So, Cynthia, you are saying that all the thousands and thousands of Mexican citizens that enter our country every month, come here legally??? Girl, what have you been reading? Your statement is ridiculous in its ignorance.

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    If congress would just pass the E-Verify for all states and any business, it would eliminate many of the complaints companies like 7-11 are getting. Even Cardenas, a Mexican market chain whose main customers are Spanish speaking, uses E-Verify for it’s employees.

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      The laws already exist. The problem is that there are people, state and local governments, and businesses that ignore the law. What NEEDS to be done is for the US Marshall’s officers to start serving arrest warrants for the owners, operators, and state and local government officials for violations of Federal laws relative to their operating or protecting people who are illegally in the country.
      When a few high profile politicians and business owners are hauled into a Federal Court and prosecuted for breaking the applicable laws they would scream their bloody heads off as they get carted off to serve their sentences. At the same time have an immigration judge handy to order an immediate deportation order for the illegals caught, shipping them immediately to their country of origin. Let the left and Democrats scream all they want. They’d obtain a TRO from the 9th, but one could get a release from another, more Law following court to abrogate the first. That would set up an immediate showdown in the SC, where CONSTITUTIONAL Justices would uphold the immediate removal of the illegals AND the prosecution of those promoting illegal acts.

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    “Slave wage”? If the illegal aliens don’t like the working conditions, they can apply elsewhere. Who else would hire unskilled, non-English speaking people to work in America? Go home, illegal aliens and take softwareengineer with you.

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      Re-read the Article Gerald

      It was against 7-11 not for it….so was my blog….are you a stealth open border folk, being Trump-like to get elected [then go back to your Open Border Party ways]? LOL

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    Enforcing immigration law and the related laws against hiring illegals protects the wages and working conditions of the most vulnerable workers. Are these “rights organizations” claiming that 7-Eleven employees are overpaid? That they should make mere PESO’s, instead of dollars, per hour?