Trump Muslim Ban Responses From Starbucks, Airbnb And More Will Give You Hope

Starbucks and Airbnb are among businesses showing solidarity,

Many were horrified by the executive order signed by Donald Trump on Friday banning refugees from entering the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries - but among the divisiveness there have also been a number of compassionate reactions.

The immigration curbs sparked chaos across the US over the weekend as travellers - one reportedly as young as five - were detained at airports and thousands of protesters gathered to campaign against the policy.

A protest against the ban near the White House
A protest against the ban near the White House
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Here are some businesses and high profile individuals who responded to the order with kindness...

1. Starbucks

Starbucks announced it will hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years, in response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Howard Schultz, the coffee retailer’s chairman and CEO, said in a letter to employees on Sunday that the hiring would apply to stores worldwide and the effort would start in the United States where the focus would be on hiring immigrants “who have served with US troops as interpreters and support personnel”.

2. Airbnb

Brian Chesky, CEO and founder of the accommodation company condemned the ban on social media and said Airbnb would be doing what it could to help those who needed somewhere to stay.

3. Lawyers

Around the US, there were reports of lawyers turning up at airports to offer their services for free.

4. Rideshare app company Lyft

Uber faced a huge backlash at the weekend when it switched off surge pricing at New Yorks’ JFK Airport, which appeared to undermine solidarity efforts among taxi drivers and demonstrators by encouraging the strike to be broken.

A campaign encouraging people to voice their displeasure at the move saw a #DeleteUber campaign sweep social media.

But the previously less popular rideshare app Lyft took the opposite approach.

The firm donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has already successfully challenged parts of the travel ban in court and is continuing to fight against it.

5. Justin Trudeau

The Canadian prime minister drew widespread praise for a number of his messages of support and solidarity with refugees:

6. Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish first minister quickly followed Trudeau’s example:

7. Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook founder and CEO explained that he was concerned about Trump’s executive order and urged the US to welcome refugees:

8. Twitter

The social media platform also tweeted a message of solidarity:


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