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Starbucks Hosts DREAMER Day For Immigrants - There's Just One Problem

Who doesn't like Starbucks coffee? A recent ad appearing online announced that the coffee chain would be honoring undocumented immigrants by offering 40 percent off all purchases on August 11. Unfortunately, it's a trap. Starbucks says they have nothing to do with the promotion.

The fraudulent ad uses a photo of a real Starbucks location and announces that August 11 is 'Starbucks Dreamer Day'.

'Dreamers' are the name given to those who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented minors. President Barack Obama put a program in place to help these youths find a path to legal citizenship.

The ad says, "All undocumented Americans will receive any item on the Starbucks menu 40 percent off." The promotion includes the hashtag #BorderFreeCoffee.

Starbucks senior vice president of global communications, John Kelly, says that the ad is 'completely false'. Kelly tells the Associated Press that the company has not launched any such campaign, and he calls the rumor 'one hundred percent fake'.

Starbucks responded to the ad on their social media pages. The hoax appears to come from the website 4chan, and the creator says the goal is to get undocumented immigrants going to Starbucks to demand 'free stuff'. The website perpetuates the myth that undocumented immigrants are 'freeloaders' in the U.S.

Some users have suggested that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were being urged to go to Starbucks locations on Friday, the day of the fake 'sale' campaign, so that they can detain immigrants and ultimately deport them.

Starbucks was targeted because the company has gotten a lot of flak for its liberal, pro-immigration policies. The CEO of Starbucks had pledged to start hiring more immigrants across the country after President Donald Trump began cracking down on immigration.

Howard Shultz put out a statement in which he lamented over the anti-immigration rhetoric and the treatment of immigrants under the Trump regime. "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," Shultz vowed. "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. And we will start this effort here in the U.S. by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel in the various countries where our military has asked for such support."

The people who have been perpetuating the hoax ad are ill-informed about the contributions made by undocumented immigrants. Some 11 million people living here 'illegally' contribute more than 11 billion in state and local taxes. This country was built on the backs of immigrants, like the ‘Dreamers’.

Source: ThinkProgress
Photo: YouTube

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