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Opinion: Undocumented immigrants as 7-Eleven clerks? ICE just cannot let that stand

ICE raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide on Jan. 10, including this one at 3100 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
ICE raided dozens of 7-Eleven stores nationwide on Jan. 10, including this one at 3100 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles.
(Los Angeles Times)

To the editor: The Trump administration is going after the most dangerous of undocumented immigrants: 7-Eleven clerks. (“Federal agents sweep nearly 100 7-Eleven stores in immigration investigation,” Jan. 10)

The acting head of U.S Customs and Immigration Enforcement says the stepped-up raids are meant to eliminate an economic “magnet.” It seems that millions of people are flooding into the United States aspiring to become 7-Eleven cashiers.

ICE has crushed the 7-Eleven dream.

William Goldman, Palos Verdes Estates

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To the editor: In the article on the recent ICE raids on 7-Eleven stores, the Los Angeles Times quotes a bystander, Imelda Vargas, as saying, “Everyone has the right to be here, to work.” It does so without comment.

While the sentiment expressed is nice, it simply isn’t true anywhere in the world. Every nation-state has regulations and procedures in place regulating the right to work.

For The Times to quote Vargas without factual commentary is useless at best and misleading at worst.

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Martina Ebert, Claremont

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To the editor: It is estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. ICE arrested 21 in one day during its 7-Eleven raids.

Let’s be generous and say these people can be deported the same day, and ICE can perform similar raids daily. At this rate we’ll have the all undocumented immigrants deported in about 523,800 days, or 1,435 years.

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So, by the year 3453, the United States will be free of undocumented immigrants. I can hardly wait.

Make America goofy again.

Mary Rouse, Los Angeles

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