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Starbucks Steps Up to the Plate and Announces it Will Hire 10,000 Refugees in the Next Five Years

In the midst of all the confusion, chaos and emotion that dominate both conversations and headlines as of late, there are a few slivers of hope that restore our faith in, well, something.

Most recently, Starbucks is doing just that.

In response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans on six other Muslim-majority nations, Starbucks will embrace and employ refugees.

The caffeine giant announced it would hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.

In a letter to employees yesterday, Howard Schultz, the company’s chairman and CEO, said that the hiring would apply to stores worldwide.

CHENGDU, SICHUAN PROVINCE, CHINA - 2015/09/13: Coffee cup on table in a Starbucks cafe. Starbucks is streamlining the ordering process so customers are able to get that cup of coffee faster than usual. (Photo by Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The effort would start in the United States, where the focus would be on hiring immigrants “who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.”

In response to other parts of Trump’s agenda, the letter said that Starbucks would help support coffee growers in Mexico, provide health insurance to eligible workers if the health care law is repealed and back an immigration that enables young immigrants who were brought to the country as children to apply for a two-year reprieve from deportation and a work permit.

“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,” said Schultz.

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