(Bloomberg) Over the last several months, a nativist campaign in the U.S. has homed in on a curious target: a brand of yogurt. Chobani faces a boycott, while its founder, Hamdi Ulukaya, has faced death threats -- all because the company hires refugees, and he wants more U.S. firms to do the same.
On a personal level, these attacks are reprehensible. On a policy level, they are at best counterproductive and at worst dishonest. If you believe that refugees shouldn’t be a burden to taxpayers and should better integrate into American life -- two common complaints among those upset by refugee resettlement -- then you should support their gainful employment.
Chobani’s workforce of more than 2,000 includes many former refugees. They make up 30 percent of employees at the privately held company’s yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho.
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