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Starbucks CEO announcement Sunday undoubtedly has many Republicans gagging. The coffee company CEO sent an email to all Starbucks partners stating it will not remain silent nor stand still in the face of Executive Order that President Trump issued Friday. Trump’s visa ban excludes countries directly linked to terrorism where Trump has commercial holdings. The executive order has nothing to do with security.
Harold Schultz, Starbucks chairman and CEO said President Donald Trump’s order “effectively bans people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars.” The CEO said Starbucks is now committed to hiring 10,000 refugees over the next five years in response to President Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.

Travelers were stranded around the world due to President Trump’s order. Those in the US saw thousands of protestors escalate their demonstrations, marching through airports.

“Build a wall? We’ll tear it down,” protesters yelled repeatedly. (Watch video below)

Anxiety rose within President Trump’s party Sunday as his order closing the nation to refugees and people from certain predominantly Muslim countries provoked a crisis only days into his administration.

Trump has already pulled back on part of his ban on visitors from seven countries by saying that it would not apply to those with green cards granting them permanent residence in the United States. By the end of Sunday, the Department of Homeland Security formally issued an order retracting part of the order. It now says legal residents are exempt from the order – after taken to court and over-ruled by three federal judges.

Starbucks CEO’s full inspiring letter is below.
In Sunday’s letter titled, “Message from Howard Schultz to Starbucks Partners: Living Our Values in Uncertain Times,” (full version below) Schultz stated to partners and employees that the hiring will apply to stores worldwide and the effort is to begin in the United States where the focus will be hiring immigrants “who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”

Starbucks: “Inspiring and nurturing the human spirit — one person, one cup, and one neighborhood at a time.”

Message from Howard Schultz to Starbucks Partners: Living Our Values in Uncertain Times

Dear partners,

I write to you today with deep concern, a heavy heart and a resolute promise. Let me begin with the news that is immediately in front of us: we have all been witness to the confusion, surprise and opposition to the Executive Order that President Trump issued on Friday, effectively banning people from several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, including refugees fleeing wars. I can assure you that our Partner Resources team has been in direct contact with the partners who are impacted by this immigration ban, and we are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this confusing period.

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. These uncertain times call for different measures and communication tools than we have used in the past. Kevin and I are going to accelerate our commitment to communicating with you more frequently, including leveraging new technology platforms moving forward.  I am hearing the alarm you all are sounding that the civility and human rights we have all taken for granted for so long are under attack, and want to use a faster, more immediate form of communication to engage with you on matters that concern us all as partners.

I also want to take this opportunity to announce specific actions we are taking to reinforce our belief in our partners around the world and to ensure you are clear that we will neither stand by, nor stand silent, as the uncertainty around the new Administration’s actions grows with each passing day:

Support for DACA: As 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. There are nearly three quarters of a million hardworking people contributing to our communities and our economy because of this program.  At Starbucks, we are proud to call them partners and to help them realize their own American Dream.  We want them to feel welcome and included in our success, which is why we reimburse them for the biennial fee they must pay to stay in the program and why we have offered DACA-related services at our Opportunity Youth hiring fairs. 

Hiring Refugees: We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination.  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.  And 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.    

Building Bridges, Not Walls, With Mexico: We have been open for business in Mexico since 2002, and have since opened almost 600 stores in 60 cities across the country, which together employ over 7,000 Mexican partners who proudly wear the green apron. We have sourced coffee from Mexico’s producers and their families for three decades and last fall, we also announced the creation of a farmer support center in Chiapas to help accelerate our collective ability to grow and export some of the world’s finest coffees from this important growing region, while donating more than $2 million to support the livelihood, food security and water quality of coffee producing communities in Oaxaca.  With the support of thousands of Starbucks partners and millions of customers, we have also donated over a million coffee trees to support 70,000 families, and we will be expanding the initiative this year to generate another 4 million tree donations. Coffee is what unites our common heritage, and as I told Alberto Torrado, the leader of our partnership with Alsea in Mexico, we stand ready to help and support our Mexican customers, partners and their families as they navigate what impact proposed trade sanctions, immigration restrictions and taxes might have on their business and their trust of Americans.  But we will continue to invest in this critically important market all the same.

Our Healthcare Commitment to You: Finally, let me restate what we have recently communicated with you about the Affordable Care Act – our commitment remains that if you are benefits eligible, you will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks.  Many of you have expressed concerns that recent government actions may jeopardize your ability to participate in the Affordable Care Act. If the recent Executive Order related to health care remains in place and the Affordable Care Act is repealed causing you to lose your healthcare coverage, you will always have the ability to return and can do so within 30 days of losing that coverage rather than having to wait for an open enrollment period. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Benefits Center at 877-728-9236. 

In the face of recent events around the world, let me assure you that we will stay true to our values and do everything we can possibly do to support and invest in every partner’s well-being while taking the actions that are squarely within our ability to control. This is our focus: providing a Third Place of respite for those around the world who seek it, daily.

Starbucks has and will always stand for opportunity – opportunity for our young people who are working to land their first job in the 75 countries where we do business, opportunity for our farmers who care so deeply for the highest of quality coffee we offer to customers all around the globe, and yes, opportunity for those who come to America in search of their own fresh start – whether that is with Starbucks directly, or through our suppliers or our partner companies.

If there is any lesson to be learned over the last year, it’s that your voice and your vote matter more than ever. We are all obligated to ensure our elected officials hear from us individually and collectively. Starbucks is doing its part; we need you to use the collective power of your voices to do the same while respecting the diverse viewpoints of the 90 million customers who visit our stores in more than 25,000 locations around the world.

So, while we seek to understand what the new Administration’s policies mean for us and our business both domestically and around the world, I can assure you that we will do whatever it takes to support you, our partners, to realize your own dreams and achieve your own opportunities. 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.



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    • Paul Brown

      Apple CEO says his company could not function without the immigrants who work for them.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Apple and how many other major companies? Let’s see who follows these in doing the right thing instead of following illegal orders.

        • DISPENSER

          There is nothing illegal about the orders. I guess the simple way to make you feel it’s fair, would be to ban all immigration for 4 years. That would give us time to see just who is in the country, and act accordingly. We could also identify what groups do not assimilate and then ban them permanently.
          Planting Muslims throughout the United States, is nothing less than planting the seeds of cultural suicide.

          • wiseoldlady

            The plotted invasion of muslims is deliberately intended by the Zionists. Islam is the NWO one world religion you will be forced to accept or die…..the anti-Christ system. Muslim demographics will make you wake up when you realize every man produces 20 children and multiply like rabbits. As soon as they have a strong percentage they will infiltrate the government and enact sharia. Then the whole world can cry and say why didn’t I listen to the truth. Keep them out of here.


        At least not at the prices he pays them.

    • Deborah Dupre

      How many other companies will follow Starbucks’ lead? This is the kind of action Americans were loved all over the world for doing: acts of goodwill based on compassion and intelligence.

    • krew09

      Starbucks is Jewry…Schultz,just like Zuckerberg,Schummer,and the ACLU,AND the SPLC want to flood America with hoards of foreignerS. Stephen Steinlight admits Jews control Immigration to “DIVIDE and CONQUER”
      refers to a majority of Americans as a “THOUGHTLESS MOB’
      Jews lead push to crack open doors for refugees

      • Deborah Dupre

        With all due respect, your regurgitating the notion of someone wanting flood the US with foreigners is as far removed from reality as Trump’s orders are. Jew bashing is not helpful, either.

        Laws, including international laws, exist for you, me and everyone else. Break those, and suffer consequences, right? Or are laws meant to be broken?

        International law protects rights of people fleeing homes due to humanitarian reasons. What is happening is this: The US “intervenes’ by bombing countries, causing chaos and death. People flee to where there are no bombs going off – in this case the US. Then, the US says, go back to where you came form and die there.

        That is illegal. That is immoral. It is un-American. It is what made America far less than great an dwill continue to make American evil instead of great.

    • krew09

      COMPASSION? GIVE ME A BREAK…The very same people call refugees “CANCER’ “INFILTRATORS” and forcibly sterilize them.but demand America be flooded with them..wake up it isn’t as though they haven’t admitted it many time.You are just brain washed.

      Starbucks is Jewry…Schultz,just like Zuckerberg,Schummer,and the ACLU,AND the SPLC want to flood America with hoards of foreignerS. Stephen Steinlight admits Jews control Immigration to “DIVIDE and CONQUER”
      refers to a majority of Americans as a “THOUGHTLESS MOB’
      Jews lead push to crack open doors for refugees

    • krew09

      let’s look at a few cases of how Jews treat refugee.. maybe you aren’t too thick headed enough to see blatant hypocrisy ,but more than likely you are. By the way,transferring one ethnic group into another is genocide by the U.N. definition ,which brings a capital punishment. You could be hung for advocating this..if you weren’t so ignorant of reality.

      Israel gave birth control to Ethiopian Jews without their consent
      ISRAEL CONCERNED ABOUT AFRICA NUMBERS IN A JEWISH STATE..While they pump millions into America,because America is for everyone..

      ISRAEL keep refugees in open air prisons,till they sign a document allowing them to be deported..they refer to refu as cancer,and infiltrators …
      They pass laws,where the name of the law itself states,

      ISRAEL CONCERNED ABOUT AFRICA NUMBERS IN A JEWISH STATE..While they pump millions into America,because America is for everyone..

      Israel deports children of migrant workers,to countries where they don’t speak the language..Bibi says doesn’t matter,we need to protect Jewish identity.

      “We would rather die than be deported,we feel like we are being sold” Doesn’t matter Bibi pays off other countries to get rid of refugees..,7340,L-3976311,00.html
      Israel deports Christian… “Missionary Work” illegal Penal Law Amendment (Enticement to Change Religion) – law, 5738-1977,
      Refugee Infiltraitors and Cancer..terms used by Politicians…

      Molotov cocktails thrown at refugee camps in Israel

    • wiseoldlady


      When Obama blocked muslims from entrance for 6 months back in 2011 not one word was said by the radically insane left.

      But if Trump blocks muslims…the communists rebel all at the hands of Soros. I hope Trump goes back to the 1952 law and blocks them permanently as they were never allowed in this country until Ted Kennedy changed the law in the 1980s. Create safe zones in the middle east.

      • Deborah Dupre

        Glad to know you don’t consider me among the “radially insane left”. In fact, I and most of my colleagues were very much against Obama banning Muslims.

        1. The Us is not at war against Muslims. Christians have just been deliberately brainwashed ot think they are.
        2. The US wars of aggression are illegal and Bush, Obama, Clinton… should all be tried for war crimes.

        Instead, the US corrupt leaders — Republicans and Democrats — continue breaking laws, torturing, killing, massacring… with impunity.

        Don’t you think it at least odd that Trump only banned people from nations where he doesn’t have business interests but allows Muslims from countries where there are know terrorists but he has business interests, so they can come to US? Wise, surely you know what this is really all about. Hint: It has nothing to do with keeping Americans safe. It’s about making money for the 1% and racism.

        Did you even notice that every order Trump signed last week is against people of color?

        • wiseoldlady

          Typical way liberals think.

    • krew09

      Zuckerberg howls and moans ,leads fight against Trump immigration and refugee policy..quips “instead of building walls we can help build bridges” in response to the plan for the Mexico border wall.

      Hypocrite Jew Zuckerberg builds huge wall around property,uses security thugs to intimidate Hawaii residents from using public beach..Another example of a communist Jew revealing they are vermin out to destroy America.Maybe Dupre might do some research for once in her brainwashed life. Communist Jews are responsible for the murder of over 100 million whites in the last century…

    • Man

      I guess those immigrants aren’t stealing the jobs, it is just that the Trump voters don’t want to work as a barista or something with a diploma.

      Those who are fleeing for their life from Muslim terrorist, aren’t terrorists

      • Deborah Dupre

        Man – You say, “Those who are fleeing for their life from Muslim terrorist, aren’t terrorists.” Why is it so difficult for most of this crowd to understand this simple reality?

    • pohknee

      It never fails, the Democrats always fall back on prejudice and racism accusations when they have no facts on an issue. Never any proof , just accusations. In case you haven’t followed Starbucks articles, they are useless. The $7.00 cup a coffee outfit is just plain stupid. Apple, Microsoft and silicon valley as well as others could care less about the American people. Their vested interest is “cheap labor and democratic votes”. They can’t get the American vote so they want hordes of poor that they can buy with welfare and free services. How stupid are we to support such companies?

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