After Trump’s latest Executive Order banning immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, several big companies have decided to take action and “stand up for what’s right.”
On Friday, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that has caused chaos and major backlash worldwide. The order bans refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees indefinitely, and bans people from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days.
The seven countries include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. And the order also bans green card holders from these countries from re-entering the United States.
Because of this travel ban, people across the country took to the streets and airports over the weekend. And now some major American companies are joining the resistance and have announced plans to hire, house or otherwise support people who are negatively affected by Trump’s order.
The Chairman and CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, has announced that Starbucks plans to hire 10,000 refugees in the next five years in the 75 countries where they currently do business.
Right now Starbucks employs around 157,000 people in the U.S., and 238,000 worldwide.
“In a letter to current employees on Sunday, Schultz said the company would “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.””
Schultz said that he’s worried about the implications of Trump’s immigration moves, including his rhetoric about 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.”
And in addition, Schultz assured his employees that even if the ACA is repealed, they “will always have access to health insurance through Starbucks.”
Another company who’s joined the resistance is Airbnb. The CEO of the global home-rental company, Brian Chesky, wrote on his Facebook page,
” Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must stand with those who are affected.”
“Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence.”
“We have 3M homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay.”
The car services Uber and Lyft have also weighed in.
“We created Lyft to be a model for the type of community we want our world to be: diverse, inclusive, and safe.
We know [Trump’s order] directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution.”
“This order has far broader implications as it also affects thousands of drivers currently outside of the U.S. [who] will not be able to get back into the country for 90 days. That means they will not be able to earn a living and support their families.
We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table.”
And over the weekend the CEOs of Google, Twitter, Facebook and Apple also put out statements condemning Trump’s actions.
Apple CEO Tim Cook told his employees,
“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we would do. I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support.”