Starbucks plans to hire thousands of refugees over the next five years in response to Trump’s immigration ban, the CEO announced Sunday.
Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees in 75 countries, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced in a memo to all employees on Sunday.
“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 the statement. “These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past.”
Schultz detailed plans for his company to respond to the Trump administration during these times of “uncertainty,” he wrote.
He outlined different projects to not only hire refugees, but also to support “Dreamers” in the country, build "bridges, not walls” with Mexico and provide healthcare for his employees as Congress prepares to repeal ObamaCare.
“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.
He said this effort will begin in the U.S. by hiring refugees who assisted U.S. military.
“We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time – whether that neighborhood is in a Red State or a Blue State; a Christian country or a Muslim country; a divided nation or a united nation,” Schultz wrote. “That will not change. You have my word on that.”
Other companies have condemned Trump’s executive order in recent days. Tech giants, including Google, Apple, Facebook and Lyft, have slammed the order.
“11% of Syrian immigrants to the U.S. are business owners, more than triple that of U.S.-born business owners,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Friday.
Schultz’s statement comes as thousands of protesters have gathered around the country this weekend to rally against Trump’s executive order prohibiting people from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
The executive order also forbids refugees from warn-torn Syria from entering the U.S. and places a 120-day ban on other refugees.
The order has faced international and bipartisan criticism. Trump has defended the order, claiming the media is incorrectly portraying it as a Muslim ban.
A federal judge issued an emergency stay on the order on Saturday night as thousands gathered at airports across the country to protest. The move was the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration.