In the wake of President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on immigrants from several Muslim countries, Starbucks has vowed to hire 10,000 refugees from a number of countries including the U.S. over five years.
In a letter to employees Sunday, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said the company would begin by hiring those who have worked with U.S. troops as interpreters in various countries and stated that Starbucks would do everything possible to help employees affected by the immigration ban.
“I am hearing the alarm you are all sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack,” Schultz wrote.
Schultz also said he supports the “Dreamers” program, which was set up to help immigrants who come to the U.S. as children.
Trump supporters threatened to boycott Starbucks because of its plans to hire refugees. #BoycottStarbucks was the highest trending topic on the U.S. Twitter platform Monday morning, but supporters and detractors will probably cancel each other out pretty evenly, Fortune suggested.
Other major CEOs are just beginning to weigh in on the immigration ban, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, an Indian immigrant, calling the policy “painful” and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein saying it is “not a policy we support,” according to Bloomberg.
Apple CEO Tim Cook also signaled his disapproval for the ban, and Microsoft offered legal advice and assistance to its employees affected. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Trump’s decision has a “humanitarian and economic impact” that is “real and upsetting.”
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