WASHINGTON (AP) – Starbucks says it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, a response to President Donald Trump’s indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees and temporary travel bans that apply to six other Muslim-majority nations.
Starbucks’ well-intentioned announcement that it will create 10,000 jobs for immigrants in response to President Trump’s travel ban will only ensure that Trump serves a second term.
If you think that is an extravagant prediction, ask yourself how this news will play to blue-collar America. Telling Americans worried about finding work and job security in a shrinking job market that you’re going to create thousands of jobs in their country – but reserve these for foreigners – is a sure-fire way to drive them into Trump’s arms. Protecting American jobs was, after all, one of the themes of his election campaign.
I regret that this has to be put so frankly, but it is blindingly obvious.
Ironically, the last time Starbucks was in the news relating to Trump, it was because anti-Trump protesters had smashed their windows in response to his election victory.