Talks of immigration and who is (or more specifically, who is not) allowed in our country has spiked conversation nationwide since the election of President Donald Trump two weeks ago, and since the announcement of his campaign.
Starbucks, a popular coffee chain in the United States, is one of the many corporations to speak out on the issue. CEO Howard Schultz announced on Jan. 29 that the company will be hiring 10,000 refugees internationally over the next five years, reported the Washington Post.
Schultz’s announcement was made in response to the travel ban and suspension put into place by President Trump. His letter to company employees read, “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.”
Critics of the promise have called for a boycott of Starbucks altogether. Many believe the jobs should have gone to U.S. veterans instead of immigrants.
However, the Starbucks website also lists a plan of “an ongoing commitment to create pathways to meaningful employment for veterans, military spouses, and opportunity youth.”
Much of the backlash has been from those in support of Donald Trump and his disallowance of refugees.
Twitter has been a hub for many to share their feelings on the matter, both in favor and not of Starbucks’s promise.
Many believe that hiring refugees is unfair to American citizens due to their alleged undocumentation, while progressives joked about upping their caffeine intake through the company.