On Sunday, the CEO of Starbucks announced that over the next five years they will hire thousands of refugees in a direct response to Trump’s immigration ban.
Trump’s executive order, which was issued on Friday, will prohibit people from Muslim countries from entering the United States. Judges partially blocked this order, but refugees are still being detained at airports worldwide as a result of Trump’s action. Even people holding valid green cards allowing permanent U.S. residence have been caught up in Trump’s nightmare order, even though top administration officials said that the ban would not apply to them.
In a memo to his employees, Howard Schultz said that they will hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries. In his statement, Schultz said:
“I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. We are living in an unprecedented time, one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question. These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past.”
Schultz reassured his employees that he will continue to support “dreamers” and will make sure that they are covered by health insurance, in light of Trump’s attack on Obamacare. He also promised to create “bridges not walls” with Mexico. Starbucks will also continue to invest in Mexico, where they currently employ 7,000 people and have 600 stores. Schultz said:
“We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively. Starbucks is doing its part,” Schultz said. He added that Starbucks wanted to serve its customers anywhere, whether “that neighborhood is in a Red State or a Blue State; a Christian country or a Muslim country; a divided nation or a united nation.”
If more companies follow suit, this will be the slap in the face that Trump desperately needs and deserves!
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