Starbucks plans to hire thousands of refugees over the next five years in response to Trump’s immigration ban, according to a letter the CEO of Starbucks posted on Sunday.
Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced in a memo to all employees.
“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 detailed plans for his company to respond to the Trump administration during these times of “uncertainty,” he wrote.
He outlined different plans to not only hire refugees, but also on how the company will support “Dreamers” in the country, “building bridges, not walls” with Mexico and providing healthcare for his employees as Congress prepares to repeal ObamaCare.
“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,” Schultz wrote.
He said this effort will begin in the U.S.:
“We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time – 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. That will not change. You have my word on that.”
Schultz’s statement comes as thousands of protesters have gathered around the country this weekend to rally against Trump’s executive order prohibiting people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
The executive order also forbids refugees from war-torn Syria from entering the U.S. and places a 120-day ban on other refugees. The order has faced international and bipartisan criticism. Trump has defended the order, claiming the media is incorrectly portraying it as a Muslim ban.
A federal judge issued an emergency stay on the order on Saturday night as thousands gathered at airports across the country to protest. The move was the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration.