Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Refugees

Starbucks to Hire 10,000 Refugees

In response to President Trump’s recent executive order to block immigrants from entering the U.S., Starbucks has announced that it will hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years. CEO Howard Schultz stated in a letter to employees that the effort would be worldwide, but it would start in the United States and focus on hiring immigrants that served alongside the U.S. military in support roles and as interpreters.

Schultz also highlighted some of  Starbucks’ other policy positions.  The company would support Mexican coffee growers, customers, partners, and their families if any trade sanctions were enacted to affect their business. The letter also stated Starbucks would provide health insurance to eligible workers if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, and restated Starbucks’ support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Starbucks has over 7,000 company-operated stores in the United States and is no stranger to enacting bold, progressive five-year plans, such as their goal to eliminate food waste.

The high-end coffee chain is a part of a growing list of companies that have voiced concern regarding President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration. Over the weekend, several companies including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft issued statements voicing concern about the executive order and its impact on their employees.

The order, signed on January 27th, indefinitely prohibited Syrian refugees from entering the United States, suspended all refugee admissions for 120 days, and blocked citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

In addition to the concern and criticism it has drawn from the business community, the order has been panned by republicans, democrats, and academics who have denounced it as ridiculous, ill-conceived, un-American, and mean-spirited.

The immediate result of the order has been to strand hundreds of travelers, ranging from students to scientists, at airports. Alongside Starbucks, another company taking action is Airbnb— they are offering free housing for travelers left without a place to stay after Trump’s executive order.

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  1. Sydney

    Starbucks is so very wrong to hire 10,000 immigrants!. If there is that many jobs available just within Starbucks they should hire college students, retired citizens, handicapped or the unemployed. We need to help and fix core America first then the rest of the world. Trump is only doing what others have said behind closed doors or at parties where no one is listening, we have too many people on welfare, to many people not paying their share of taxes, too many people draining the system…we need to fix this. Will to fix the :system” means making the hard decisions, the unpopular decisions, and it will take time and America coming together as one. The more we divide ourselves or move ourselves away from our government the nation looks vulnerable and then we can be open to international problems. Starbucks is deliberately bucking Trump because it is the easy and popular thing to do right now…I say, buck up, you’re an American. Be proud of it other wise you wouldn’t be able to make these types of comments or intimidate our government with this type of action. Find another solution, but don’t hurt the American worker!

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