Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President until July 2019
Immigrants exemplify the American dream
America's free-enterprise system has provided more opportunity and created more prosperity than any other economic model in the history of the world. It has encouraged and unleashed the creativity of the individual.
And it has birthed and scaled inventions that have enhanced and empowered humanity all over the world.
Here in Miami, you understand that. This city, and all of south Florida, is the home of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who have fled
socialist revolutions that have destroyed free-enterprise systems and the rule of law. These immigrants, these extraordinary, wonderful people--from Cuba, from Venezuela, from Nicaragua, and other parts of Latin America--have embraced the
American way and found success while making tremendous contributions to their communities and our country.
In my view, and I think of the views of so many, this truly exemplifies the American dream.
The DREAMers should be allowed a pathway to citizenship. And the 11 million to 12 million unauthorized people who are here should get in line in a fair way, pay their back taxes, pay a fee, and bring them in. We are a country of immigrants.
The US should not be building walls. We should be building bridges and allow people in. It is the foundation of our society. But we also should do everything we can to secure the borders with the best technology available, and not allow bad people in.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls
, Feb 12, 2019
Great-grandparents immigrated from Easter Europe in 1890s
Let me share with you my own personal story. My great grandfather Max arrived in the United States from Eastern Europe in 1892 with $10 in his pocket. He did not speak a word of English and made his living as a tailor. My other great grandfather
Morris was of Russian descent and came to America in the early 1890s. I was raised in a poor, working class family in Brooklyn, NY. We lived in public housing, better known in Canarsie as the "projects."
My father, a World War II veteran, did not finish high school, and spent his adult life as a laborer who had a series of unfortunate jobs, odd jobs that unfortunately didn't pay very well.
The only thing I ever inherited was my mother's dream and
belief in the American Dream. Because of her, I became the first person in my family to go to and to graduate from college. I got my first job selling office equipment door-to-door, and always gave half of my paychecks to my parents.
False choice between mass deportation and abolishing ICE
What are the consequences of a hyper-partisan Washington? Let's start with immigration, which today is being used as a political weapon, instead of being addressed as a national security priority. On the far Left, there are calls to abolish ICE.
On the far Right, there are calls for mass deportation, and a policy of separating parents from children. These are both false choices. We can have strong borders, to protect us from terrorists and those who wish to do us harm, but we also can treat all
people with a deep sense humanity and dignity. We must enact the common-sense immigration reform that a majority of Americans already say they want: investments in border security, a path of legalization for unauthorized immigrants, citizenship for the
DREAMers, and a modernized immigration system that attracts and retains the best and the brightest people from all over the world, who will contribute positively to our economy and culture.
Hire 10,000 refugees from Trump's Muslim-ban countries
As a chief executive, Schultz cast himself as a compassionate leader who wanted to use his company for social good. He earned praise for the benefits he provided Starbucks retail workers, including a stock ownership plan and the opportunity to attend
college free online.
When Trump announced a ban on U.S. visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries in January 2017, Schultz announced a company goal of hiring 10,000 refugees in stores around the world.
Source: Washington Post on 2020 presidential hopefuls
, Jan 18, 2019
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