Starbucks already gave us a reason to cheer for them with their new all-inclusive parental leave policy, but now, as other companies take action against President Trump’s attempt at an immigration ban (e.g. Lyft’s $1 million donation to the ACLU), Starbucks’ CEO himself, Howard Schultz, has penned a letter promising that the company will be taking direct action because of the ban, including a pledge to hire 10,000 refugees.


Along with supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (“I wrote to Senators Graham and Durbin this week, we are enthusiastically behind their work to support ‘Dreamers’ across our country — including those young men and women who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program”) and “building bridges, not walls with Mexico,” the letter explains that Starbucks has “a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world.”

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Because of that and because of the ban (and the intention behind it), the company will be accelerating their efforts (or “doubling down” on their commitment) to bring refugees on board. “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.”

Granted, 10,000 over five years in 75 countries is only a small fraction of the 65 million recognized refugees they mention, but at least it’s a start. Let’s hope more companies jump on board and bring on refugees as successful members of the team. Remember, no matter where we’re from, we’re stronger together.

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(h/t Perez Hilton; photos via Scott Olson/Getty, Starbucks)