Starbucks offers legal advice to employees affected by Trump travel ban

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Starbucks is offering legal counsel to employees who may be affected by President Trump’s executive order temporarily barring entry to the U.S. for foreign nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations.

In its second letter since the order was signed, the company says it is “putting our partners first and leading with humanity” by partnering with professional services firm Ernst & Young to launch the Immigration Advisor Program, according to ABC News.

“This service will allow all partners and family members to help navigate immigration issues and get answers in these uncertain times,” the letter reads.

{mosads}“If you are a partner or a family member and you have questions about immigration travel restrictions or how the Executive Order and any related actions may otherwise impact you, please access this legal support guidance,” the company said.

After Trump’s Jan. 27 order, which also halted the U.S. refugee program for four months and indefinitely suspended the resettlement of Syrian refugees, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in a letter that the company would hire thousands of refugees over five years.

“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,” Schultz wrote last month.

Trump’s order imposed a 90-day ban on nationals from Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya entering the United States, along with directives affecting refugees.

The new letter from Starbucks says the team and its legal counsel will monitor future developments on the executive order.

A federal judge in Seattle last week issued a restraining order temporarily halting the travel ban, which the administration is challenging in court. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday over whether to reinstate the executive order.

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