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Starbucks Gets More Bad News Following Their Announcement To Hire 10K Refugees

A social media effort is asking Mexicans to boycott American companies because of President Donald Trump's campaign promise to build a wall along the southern border. As the boycott gains traction, Starbucks CEO is pointing out how the company has helped Mexico.

Starbucks stock is down four percent in just a week as the company is hit hard with boycotts. One boycott was sparked after CEO Howard Schultz promised the company would hire 10,000 immigrants over the next five years in protest of President Donald Trump's immigration reform actions. Conservatives began boycotting the coffee company for being willing to hire immigrants over American citizens.

Mexico is also boycotting Starbucks due to President Trump's immigration reforms, this time because they are against the wall the president promises to build that would span the entire southern border. Trump ran his campaign on the promise that he would crack down on illegal immigration. He pointed specifically to how dangerous it was for U.S. citizens that criminals, such as rapists and murderers, might slip past the border unnoticed. Many were angered by Trump's statement, which they perceived to be an implication that all Mexicans were rapists and murderers.

Trump further angered Mexicans when he repeatedly insisted that Mexico would pay for the wall, despite Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto saying they wouldn't.

"It's time for Mexicans to show what we're made of," said Campeche Governor Alejandro Moreno, who supports the boycott. "Actions like this should multiply across the country."

The boycott is affecting Starbucks, McDonald's, Wal-mart, Coca-Cola and other major U.S. corporations.

Starbucks put out a statement informing Mexico that they have opened 560 stores in the country, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in the Mexican economy, and provided hundreds of jobs. They also pointed out that the company uses coffee beans harvested from Mexico.

Mexicans are, by and large, not interested, according to the #AdiosStarbucks Twitter trend.

Not everyone agrees with the boycott. Carlos Slim, one of Mexico's wealthiest businessmen, warns people, "They are American businesses that have come to invest in Mexico, to give employment in Mexico, to produce in Mexico," Slim said. "What needs to be done really is consuming what the country produces."

Source: Reuters
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