Starbucks CEO vows to hire 10,000 refugees over five years
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz spoke out over the weekend against President Trump’s travel ban order, announcing plans for Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over five years in 75 countries, initially focusing on those who served as interpreters or as support personnel for U.S. military.
In an impassioned letter Sunday to Starbucks employees, Schultz reiterated the company’s backing of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He also described the company’s work of “building bridges, not walls, with Mexico” following Trump’s border wall directive Wednesday, and shared his worries about Trump’s order temporarily prohibiting U.S. entry for migrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise,” Schultz said in his letter. “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.”