In protest of Trump’s strict ban on immigrants, Starbucks recently announced that it plans to hire over 10,000 refugees. However, due to existing immigrations laws, the international coffee house chain could end up facing serious penalties it proceeds with hiring undocumented individuals.
In a memo released by Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, he criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries from entering the U.S. As noted by Schultz, he aims to go against this policy by hiring 10,000 refugees in over 75 countries where there are Starbucks branches.
“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,” Schultz stated.
According to the CEO, the company will begin this effort in the U.S. by employing refugees who offered assistance to the military.
However, hiring refugees will go against the country’s current immigration laws. As stated by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, there is a long-standing law against hiring and harbouring illegal aliens. This law applies to individuals as well as corporations that employs undocumented workers.
If found guilty of this crime, the business owner or establishment could face severe penalties ranging from huge fines to the loss of their license to operate. But, if the court deems that the business owner is guilty of repeatedly breaking immigration laws to supplement its workforce with illegal immigrants, he or she could end up in jail.
Even if companies list undocumented workers as contractors and not part of their full-time team, they can still be penalized due to this law.
In the case of Starbucks, if the coffee house chain carries on with its plan to hire refugees, it will not only go against Trump’s executive order but it will also violate U.S. laws. The same can also be said for its branches in other nations depending on the country’s policies on immigration.