Starbucks is going to hire 10,000 refugees, in response to an international travel ban ordered by Donald Trump. The announcement to mass hire was made via a message from Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Just earlier this week, the newly sworn-in US President announced travel bans applied to seven countries. Due to Trump’s order, passport holders from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen have been blocked from entering the US for a three-month period. Refugees from those countries are looking at four months. Meanwhile Syrian, refugees are banned indefinitely.
The coffee mogul’s response to Trump’s executive order isn’t the first to address it. But coming from the world’s most popular coffee chain, it’s certainly a loud one.
Taking A Stand
According to Schultz, the company will conduct its mass hiring over the next five years. It will happen throughout the 75 countries where Starbucks operates around the world.
“We will neither stand by, nor stand silent,” he said. Starbucks’s movement will provide employment to only a small fraction of that number of the 65 million people currently classified by the UN as refugees at the moment. However, others have already made moves to counteract Trump’s policies, which have often been called xenophobic.
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Lawyers have gathered at airports in order to offer free help for those affected by the ban. Others have developed and disseminated informative graphics on the rights of immigrants.
Shortly after Donald Trump won the elections in November, Howard Schultz also published a message on the Starbucks site, committing to moving forward, regardless of the election results. “It is our responsibility as citizens,” the letter stated, “to give him the opportunity to govern well and bring our country together.” It was a message of unity and solidarity, despite the division the elections had caused.
As expected, Trump’s policies have so far been extremely polarizing. His America-First has generally translated into his early goals, which include a strengthening of the US Military, and an aim to provide more employment for citizens. However, moves like the travel ban have, reasonably, raised concerns.
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