Starbucks has pledged to hire 10,000 refugees in response to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigrant ban. CEO Howard Schultz said in a letter to employees Sunday the company would hire refugees from 75 different countries over a five-year 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,” Schultz said in the letter. The company plans to give priority to “those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.” Schultz also doubled down on the company’s commitment to Mexico and said any employees who lose medical coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed can return to Starbucks’ health insurance.
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