Here Is What Starbucks’ CEO Thinks About Trump’s Immigration Ban
Over the weekend, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning immigrants, refugees and American green card holders from seven predominately Muslim countries in the Middle East. After learning about the executive order, several companies have come forward denouncing the decree. Yesterday, the acting Attorney General at the Department of Justice was fired for refusing to defend the executive order in court.
Starbucks’ Howard Schultz has joined the growing list of CEOs speaking out against the travel ban.
“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,” Schultz wrote in a letter to all Starbucks employees that was posted to the Starbucks website. “These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past. Kevin and I are going to accelerate our commitment to communicating with you more frequently, including leveraging new technology platforms moving forward. 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 wants all DACA employees to know that Starbucks stands with them.
“There are nearly three quarters of a million hardworking people contributing to our communities and our economy because of this program. At Starbucks, we are proud to call them partners and to help them realize their own American Dream,” Schultz wrote. “We want them to feel welcome and included in our success, which is why we reimburse them for the biennial fee they must pay to stay in the program and why we have offered DACA-related services at our Opportunity Youth hiring fairs.”
Schultz then wrote about how Starbucks is prepared to work even harder for their Mexican partners in the face of a Trump administration.
“Coffee is what unites our common heritage, and as I told Alberto Torrado, the leader of our partnership with Alsea in Mexico, 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,” Schultz wrote. ” But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.”
Schultz really went in when talking about the temporary ban on immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.
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“We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination,” Schultz wrote. “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. 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.”
“If there is any lesson to be learned over the last year, it’s that your voice and your vote matter more than ever,” Schultz added.
Since Schultz’s announcement, Trump supporters have taken to Twitter to call for a Starbucks boycott.
The GIF above is from the last time Trump waged war against Starbucks, AKA the “red coffee cup scandal of 2015.” Remember, the time when people thought that Starbucks was waging a war on Christmas by not saying “Merry Christmas” on the cups.
Some of Trump’s supporters think that Starbucks should stop helping refugees and focus on veterans.
— Pamela Moore (@Pamela_Moore13) January 30, 2017
No one would argue that we shouldn’t be helping our veterans, right?
And some people have already pointed out that Starbucks does indeed try to help our veterans and their families with jobs.
#BoycottStarbucks They already have programs in place to hire veterans and military spouses, for those trying to use that argument
— Ash (@aestheticashes) January 30, 2017
Though, many in favor of the hiring of refugees took a humorous route and threw their support behind the coffee company.
— #HeWillNotDivideUs (@HWNDUS) January 30, 2017