Starbucks just joined its voice with those who are fighting President Donald Trump’s immigration executive orders.
The coffee company’s CEO Howard Schultz is just one of the many CEOs who have been alarmed by Trump’s Muslim ban — and he is fighting back by planning to hire 10,000 refugees within the next five years.
Referring to its long-standing record of hiring young people looking for opportunities, Schultz condemned the ban, stating:
“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…I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack.”
In the section titled “Hiring Refugees,” Schultz stated he would begin with a focus on people who have served in the United States military.
“There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business,” he wrote. “And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support.”
He also voiced his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or (DACA), a program created by former President Barack Obama, which helps immigrant children enroll in colleges, get jobs and driver’s license.
Schultz also asserted the company would continue to invest in businesses in Mexico under the banner of “Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico.”
This is not the first time the CEO has shown compassion through his multi-billion dollar franchise. Since he assumed the position, Starbucks has expanded to military bases with the aim of hiring veterans or military spouses. Schultz has also created a program to give his employees a chance to get an online college degree from Arizona State University, free of cost. Last year, the company announced it will expand health care coverage for all its full- and part-time workers.
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