Starbucks held what can only be described as a refugee-only hiring event in El Cajon, San Diego County on Tuesday as part of the company’s pledge to hire thousands of people who have allegedly – the majority of so-called ‘refugees’ are in fact economic migrants in search of a more prosperous life – fled their country of birth because of conflict. Last year, some 3,100 refugees were resettled in San Diego.
Several dozens of Syrians, Somalis and individuals coming from other Middle Eastern countries attended the event according to local news media reports.
In an attempt to reassure its customers, the company stressed that those applying for jobs would face the same stringent checks as other employees and would be asked to present proof that they were authorized to work in the U.S. The company added that criminal background checks would also be conducted.
Some local residents objected to Starbucks’ policy which they feel will likely discriminate against native U.S. citizens or legal immigrants.
The world’s largest coffee company and coffeehouse chain announced at the end of January that it would embark upon a refugee hiring spree to protest President Trump’s first executive order banning all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days.
“There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and 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 Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz wrote on the company’s website at the time.
A week ago, President Trump threw his support behind the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act put forward by Sens. David Purdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR). The Republican senators’ proposal, which would significantly reduce the inflow of low-skilled workers, would cut legal immigration by half. The majority of American voters appear to rather like the idea.
Indeed, a recent poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico between August 3 and August 6 found that around 50 percent of voters supported limiting the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the U.S. while around 30 percent of those questioned opposed the move.
The survey also revealed that around 60 percent of voters strongly or somewhat supported the Republican senators’ ‘merit-based’ proposal, twice as many as those who opposed it.
The 315-page survey is available on the Morning Consult website.Share