Starbucks Vows To Hire 10,000 Refugees In Response To Trump's Muslim Immigration Ban

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Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz is stepping forward to not only criticize President Donald Trump's Muslim immigration ban, but to vow that the company will hire 10,000 refugees to work in its stores.

Fortune reports:

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sought Sunday to reassure employees anguished about President Donald Trump's immigration ban, and said the coffee chain would look to hire 10,000 refugees in its stores worldwide, including some who have helped the U.S. military.

"I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise," Schultz wrote in a letter to all Starbucks employees. "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."

Trump's executive order, issued on Friday and later blocked in part by federal judges, prohibits citizens from Muslim-majority Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya from entering the United States for at least 90 days. The order bans refugees from Syria indefinitely. The ban — which Trump has defended as not being a "Muslim ban" despite his own support for such a policy during his campaign and his explicit statements favoring Christian refugees in recent days — created chaos at airports worldwide this weekend, was been met by protests around the U.S., and criticized by a number of American lawmakers.

Shutlz's condemnation of Trump's order follows a similar message from Uber competitor Lyft, whose co-founders spoke out against President Donald Trump's questionable executive order to ban Muslim citizens from seven countries. The ride-sharing company also pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU.

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Why don't they vow to employ 10,000 of our own homeless or unemployed.

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Good, now I have another reason to continue going to Starbucks: compassion.

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