After President Donald Trump’s travel ban decision on Muslim refugees, Starbucks said it will hire 10,000 refugees worldwide over the next five years.
The US coffee chain company’s chairman and CEO Howard Schultz said to the employees in a letter, “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.”
On 27th January Trump issued an order to suspend the admission of refugees into the US for 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely and ban the citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya) for 90 days.
Schultz, a Democratic Party supporter said the company contacted with the employees who affected by the new president’s decision.
According to the letter, Starbucks would provide health insurance to eligible workers if the health care law is repealed, support coffee growers in Mexico and back an Obama-era immigration program that allows young immigrants who were brought to the country as children to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.
The CEO also said he and chief operating officer Kevin Johnson who will take over the CEO post this year will frequently communicating with the workers. “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, and want to use a faster, more immediate form of communication to engage with you on matters that concern us all as partners.”
Schultz also defended Mexico. Trump wants to build a wall on the border and pay for it with 20% tax on Mexican imports to deter the immigrants. Starbucks has been benefitted from Mexico as it has provided coffee for three decades. In Mexico, nearly 600 Starbucks coffee shops employ 7,000 people.
He wrote, “We stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans. But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.”
Schultz supported Hillary Clinton during her White House campaign. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate lost to Trump in the election.