If you’ve been living under a rock or have simply been too busy to pay attention to international news, let us catch you up. President Donald Trump has been making sweeping changes in the U.S. and needless to say, there has been mixed reactions.
He recently signed an executive order that requires “extreme vetting” of immigrants entering the U.S.: “I am establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here.” A draft of the order reveals that it “bars people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen from entering the United States at all for 30 days, and suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for the next 120 days.”
As a response, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz posted an open letter to President Trump: “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.”
Schultz continued, “There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations. We are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business.” Starbucks is planning to start the program by hiring “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.”
But pro-Trump Americans are not having it. Soon after, #BoycottStarbucks started trending on social media:
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