Starbucks Plans to Hire 10,000 Refugees After President’s Executive Order

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I unplugged this weekend.

I went camping, let my phone die and didn’t care.

After returning to civilization and recharging my phone, I started catching up on news and read about the controversial executive order President Donald Trump signed on Friday.

In case you unplugged like me, the executive order bans refugees from entering our country for 120 days. In addition, it blocks citizens from seven specific countries from entering the United States, whether they are refugees or not.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement describing the intent of the order. “The Executive Order protects the United States from countries compromised by terrorism and ensures a more rigorous vetting process,” it stated.

The order has stirred up controversy and protests, and now some big-name companies are making statements, including Lyft, Airbnb and Google. The companies are even pledging money or assistance to those affected by the immigration ban.

Starbucks, however, is doing something a little different.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a message to his employees on Sunday.

After addressing the “confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order,” he pledges to take action — not “stand silent” — to “reinforce our belief in our partners around the world.”

He says such actions include supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by reimbursing his employees for the biennial fee they have to pay to remain in the program, donating $2 million to support Mexican communities with Starbucks stores and pledging to continue to provide employees health insurance.

But what’s the big announcement everyone seems most abuzz about?

CEO Announces Starbucks Jobs for 10,000 Refugees

The plan people seem most intrigued by is Schultz’ pledge to hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years.

He notes there are more than 65 million people recognized by the United Nations as refugees — and hopes to provide 10,000 of them with solid jobs in the coming years.

“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,” Schultz writes.

He signs off with a final note: “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. That will not change. You have my word on that.”

To read the entire letter, visit the Starbucks newsroom.

Your Turn: How do you feel about Starbucks’ plan to hire 10,000 refugees?

Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.

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