Four Companies That Are Helping Refugees Right Now

Four Companies That Are Helping Refugees Right Now

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President Trump's immigration ban has been met with large resistance across the country since its enactment on Friday. The ban of immigrants from just several predominantly Muslim countries (but not Muslim countries he has business ties to) now doesn't include green card holders, but still faces an uphill battle from U.S. lawyers trying to fight what is being called a "dangerous" and "unconstitutional" order. 


While presently the order is still causing chaos and the future is unsure, many executives have voiced their opposition of the ban in public statements over the weekend. Companies like Netflix, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, and Nike have all condemned the act with words, but some companies have taken it one step further and 'put their money where their mouth is', so to speak:



Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky went to Twitter to voice his opinions on the ban stating, "Closing doors further divides US. Not allowing countries or refugees into American is not right, and we must stand with those affected." He then let his followers know that Airbnb was offering free housing to refugees and "anyone not allowed in the US". Airbnb also now has a volunteer page for others looking to house refugees for free by listing their homes on the site. 






The international call, video, and messaging service tweeted out that any calls to any landline or mobile phone from the U.S to the banned foreign countries would be free, they even translated the tweet in both Persian and Arabic.




When NYC taxi drivers organized and announced they would not pick up anyone from JFK, Uber instead got rid of surge pricing for the airport and continued letting passengers hail cars. The resulting backlash stemmed into thousands of users deleting their Uber accounts, from what was preceived as an attempt for Uber to profit off of the strike. A rather vague statement from Uber on Saturday said "By no means were we trying to break up a strike at JFK. After the stirke was over, we wanted to let people know that Uber was an option to get to/from the airport." 

Uber's main competitor Lyft also had ceased surge pricing, but many were calling into question Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's ties to Trump as another reason for deleting the app. Co-founder and Lyft CEO Logan Green stated on Saturday his thoughts around the ban, and proceeded to donate $1MN over the next four years to the ACLU, one of the biggest law advocacy groups working to fight back on unlawful Trump policies.




Starbucks has announced that over the next five years it will hire 10,000 refugees worldwide. A letter to current Starbucks employees was circulated on Sunday and stated,

"We have a long history of hiring young people looking for opportunities and a pathway to a new life around the world. This is why we are doubling down on this commitment by working with our equity market employees as well as joint venture and licensed market partners in a concerted effort to welcome and seek opportunities for those fleeing war, violence, persecution and discrimination. "



Companies should always follow through on the values they hold with action and these companies are doing just that, but it isn't just up to them. As private citizens and members of the general public you can also enact change by choosing to support the companies that align with your values and stop spending your dollars with companies that don't. 




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