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People are boycotting Starbucks after its CEO announced plans to hire refugees


UPDATE: Jan. 30 at 2:23 p.m.

Some Starbucks customers are threatening to boycott the popular coffee chain after its CEO announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees during the next five years in response to President Trump's travel ban.

Many customers applauded the move, while others took to social media to express their disapproval.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a memo to employees Sunday, responding to President Donald Trump's executive order that prevents refugees from entering the United States for 120 days. 

"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," Schultz said in the memo

Schultz announced plans to hire 10,000 refugees during the next five years in the 75 countries where Starbucks does business.

Schultz said Starbucks will focus on hiring those who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel. 

The Starbucks CEO also reiterated the company's support for those who are a part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) program, which helps undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. 

We are in business to inspire and nurture the human spirit, one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
Howard Schultz

Beyond that, Schultz said the company is "ready to help and support" its Mexican customers, partners and their families if any trade sanctions, immigration restrictions or taxes affect their businesses. 

Schultz is just the latest business executive to speak out in opposition to the travel ban. 

Leaders in the tech industry have also publicly denounced the ban throughout the weekend. 

Senate Democrats introduced a bill to block Trump's travel ban

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