Starbucks Is Hiring 10,000 Refugees To Resist Donald Trump's Immigration Order

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The corporate resistance to President Donald Trump's refugee and immigrant ban started in Silicon Valley, but it officially spread to your corner Starbucks over the weekend. Howard Schultz, the coffee shop chain's CEO, penned a public letter to employees that details the way that the company will resist Trump's discriminatory policies — particularly those that have already been announced, like the ban that specifically prevents refugees, immigrants, and any traveler from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to the United States. And this isn't just lip service. In order to resist Trump, Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees.

That's the most striking part of Schultz's plan: He minces no words in establishing the threat that the Trump administration pose to his worldview. "We are living in an unprecedented time," Schultz writes, "one in which we are witness to the conscience of our country, and the promise of the American Dream, being called into question." He goes on to say that "civility and human rights" are under attack, and expands upon how Starbucks can make a difference. "We will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new Administration’s actions grows with each passing day," Schultz writes.

The refugee hiring plan will be carried out around the globe at Starbucks-owned locations and those run by partners. Schultz pointed out that 65 million people around the world are registered as refugees, and that 10,000 will be hired over five years. The initiative will begin in the United States, with a focus on "those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel," in countries around the world like Iraq and Afghanistan.

Another key part to Schultz's plan is to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. He said he has been in touch with senators and that Starbucks already reimburses employees who have to pay the biennial fee to the program.

Furthermore, he promised to employees that if they are eligible for benefits through the company, they will be able to return to company health insurance policies if Obamacare is repealed, and they won't have to wait for an open enrollment period.

And, finally, the company doubled down on business with Mexico:

After detailing the company's plans, Schultz encouraged employees to make their voices heard — and to vote. "We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively. Starbucks is doing its part; we need you to use the collective power of your voices to do the same," he writes — with a caveat that employees should respect the diverse viewpoints of their customers.

Well done, Starbucks. This is corporate responsibility in the Trump era.

The full letter is below.