The Obama administration wants to make sure Utica, New York’s young refugees aren’t without a job, so he’s spending millions to make sure it doesn’t happen.

“Access to a job in the summer and beyond can make all the difference to a young person – especially those who don’t have access to many resources and opportunities,” President Obama said of his new Summer Opportunity Project.

The project spends a total of $21 million on a variety of programs in 11 communities nationwide with the focus of helping young people find summer work, and permanent part-time jobs, the White House and U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday.

At least $2 million of the total will be set aside to help 400 refugee students in Utica, New York get to work through the New Americans Career Pathways Project, the Utica Observer-Dispatch reports.

“The New Americans Career Pathways project will provide in-school youth with summer jobs and academic support for 400 students in the refugee populations of Utica, NY,” according to a White House Fact Sheet. “The students will receive summer job work experience and academic tutoring in English and Math, and support in finding part-time jobs.”

The multi-million refugee employment program is, however, only one among many that will receive a helping hand from the government over the summer.

“Since 2009, more than fifteen Federal agencies have launched dozens of initiatives and partnerships with over 1,800 rural, tribal and urban communities,” according to the White House statement Monday. “Building on that work, the White House and 16 federal agencies announce an effort today to provide tailored support from the federal government to 16 Summer Impact Hubs to upgrade and expand their summer jobs, learning, meals, and violence reduction programs for young people this summer and year-round.”

Other projects include “employment-related services” for Native American youth in California, Illinois and Iowa; to “create summer employment and year-round work experiences for 1,000 disconnected youth and underserved populations, including Latino and Arab-American youth” in Detroit; and inner-city jobs programs in Indianapolis, Philadelphia and other places.

According to, “President Barack Obama’s administration launched the effort after a study found that almost 46 percent of youth who applied for summer jobs last year were turned down.”

The White House announcement pointed out that Obama’s push for a $5.5 billion budget proposal to “open doors to a first job” is also in the works and could bring another wave of federal cash to “at-risk young Americans.”

According to the White House’s Monday Fact Sheet/ news release:

The President’s FY 2017 Budget proposes new investments – nearly double last year’s request – to connect more than 1 million young people to first jobs over the summer and year-round. It would also create a new $2 billion competitive grant program designed to connect at-risk and disconnected youth to educational and workforce pathways. DOL will work with Treasury to ensure that young people participating in these programs have access to safe and appropriate financial products and accounts. 

Nearly everyone who discussed the Utica program in the comments was appalled that the president seems to be prioritizing illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens for summer jobs in their region.

“Most divisive president ever adds to the legacy,” Dawn Of A New Day posted.

“This is absurd!” greats wrote. “Yes people, vote for Hillary. She wants this too. To heck with American youth. Let’s employ refugees who can’t even speak English! Go Trump! Stand up for America!”

“So legal Americans are not worthy of summer jobs?” RockwellSprings questioned. “Can’t wait for November.”

“What about OUR kids?” bastracker wrote. “I am thoroughly disgusted.”

  • sycovit

    It’s easier to throw bombs when you’re already in the mall.

  • Rodney McCarthy

    Since he was butt raped as a kid, by those men his mother handed him off too, now we get the same treatment… Bitter angry man..

  • Calvin

    Under obama’s reign, crime really does pay.

  • sycovit

    Hm. Only 21 mil? By govt standards that equates to about 16 jobs last I checked. Good on ya Barry.

  • Sgt Sparks

    Affirmative action, couple with lowering/removing standards in the name of *social justice*, has dire consequences.

  • jnobfan

    Merkel created a new massive government bureaucracy to employ 100K refugees. Massive new taxes gonna be needed to pay for it

  • Wilkins Micawber

    It looks for all the world as if Obama is sabotaging the Hildabeest’s campaign.

    • Oh crap

      He is he wants Bernie, hope and change loves socialism… That way everyone shares the misery

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  • Andy

    How about in Saudi Arabia?

  • Curmudgeon10

    Another form of Midnight Basketball, only this time there are ethnic restrictions on who can participate.

  • chris

    Yes and while we are impeaching BHO add Paul Ryan to the list b/c he’s the idiot that OK’d the budget for exactly this!!!!

  • William Svoboda

    Want to tick King Barry off, if you see a refugee working in a store or any other place of business. Just take your business elsewhere, screw em.

  • Booko Ninjiin

    Uh, how about the 35% of Urban Black youth who are unemployed? I think he does this to keep Blacks Democrats by holding them down in poverty, so that “immigrants” can succeed and not cause trouble. Blacks are too patient with the Democrats, especially Obama. The Great Black Hope turned out to be just another greedy dishonest politician.

  • Sam Imam- Eli

    Yeah so you inner-city youth who have NO options but welfare or prison, just keep quiet now and don’t forget to vote Democrat when you’re old enough.

  • BadWhisky

    He could hire them to pick up trash for the federal gov; or, better yet they could work for the TSA as airport screeners….

  • Ben Fistener

    Only 26% of Somali “refugees” have infectious TB…Jeb calls them “gifts of love”, too.

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  • zeno2654

    Don’t vote for Hillary or Berni or you will get more of the same. Call your Congressman or woman and insist that this policy is not set inplace.

  • formerusaf

    . . . and Obama still has 8 months and two days remaining to transform America.

    • Oh crap

      You mean destroy

  • Charlie Right

    Great, now I can get shaken down at the TSA by a refugee. It’s time to #impeach.

  • John Wayne

    I guess the refuges are going to also do the jobs that Americans won’t do or worse the summer jobs your kids used to do?

    What a backwards country we have become.

  • Jim

    Spend spend spend spend spend! Sad sad sad sad! Broke broke broke! War war war! Soon soon soon! Pray pray pray!

  • James E. Rustles

    What about American youth? The black community has suffered mercilessly under Obama with high unemployment rates and no hope or change coming. This is ridiculous. Please let Trump get elected.

    • Oh crap

      That’s not true, it’s a lie being spread to hide the truth.

      • James E. Rustles

        That’s government numbers. You go argue with your king. We’re done.

        • Oh crap

          Yup, everything about the king has been fraud, why change now?

  • Bingo

    Thank God for the Donald. He has successfully neutered the Redumblican party. #Vote Democrat 4 Life

    • Oh crap

      I will never vote for another democrat again. Have in the past but NEVER again, repubs facing the same danger

  • VaultDweller73

    Waiting for some lib to mention GWB and 911 right about now.

    • Funkenstein✓FunK verified

      You are the only one that talks about your king Bush, Robert

      • VaultDweller73

        Yeah, Robert.

  • Bingo

    According to Gallup and fox news polls king Obama’s job approval rating sits comfortably above 50 % compared to gdubya’s dismal 22 % approval rating at the same point of his presidency. It’s clear that a majority of the American people think we were worse off when a Redumblican was in the White House. #Vote Democrat 4 Life

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  • Oboy_must_go

    They already have jobs…Just ask allah.

  • Sirius Lee

    Dumb question, but separation of powers and all… Isn’t it illegal for him to spend money like this program?

    “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”

    — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9, clause 7

    House of Representatives technically need to initiate any action that causes money to be spent.

    Democrat or Republican, I don’t give a rip. Constitution, Rule of Law, and Economics are all that matters in politics.

    If Congress accepts and approves this, fine… I would prefer it go to the citizens that already need the money/jobs than the newcomers. Stupid me and wanting American Tax Dollars going to help Americans… But if not, and Obama does direct the money he is in breach of the constitution as he has been on many topics…

    *waits for the vitriol that usually follows any political post*

  • Dem-Smasher

    Hey SEAL TEAM SIX, you swore an oath to protect us against ALL enemies, foreign and


    Well, we have a DOMESTIC enemy located at 1600 Pennsylvania AVE, Washington, DC

    I can provide you with GPS coordinates if you like…


    I don’t want to pay for the traitor’s upkeep after he leaves office!

  • Donna

    So, New American Pathways makes 5,000 EACH refugee a summer job? This is ridiculous. Teenagers who are citizens can’t make that much money on a part time summer job, but taxpayers are gonna just give our money away??

  • Janice Archer Weaver

    How about spending $0 and give them the real life experience of getting off their butts and finding a job the old fashion way with shoe leather and reading Help Wanted signs.

  • Donna

    How does this get funding???

  • Star_Spangled_Eyes

    Cares more about refugees than US citizens. Should’ve been impeached long ago!

  • Wilkins Micawber

    Mocked by the Syrians, hated by the Israelis, unwanted by the British, disrespected by the Chinese, loathed by the Egyptians, ignored by the Saudis and the Turks, reprimanded by the Pope, snubbed by the Brazilians and Afghanis, played for a chump by the Iranians, sneered at by the Russians and laughed at by the rest of the world. The first Affirmative Action president certainly is living up to expectations!

  • meridianlesilie

    well why dont they go back where they come from !!!!!!!!i am tired of it we get no where no jobs no respect I HOPE TRUMP WILL STICK IT TO THEM DUMB LIBERALS AND WHO DO NOT WANT TO DO GOOD FOR AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 MAYBE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE SHOULD RAID THE GOVERNMENT SHOW WHO THE REAL BOSS IS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  • William Nelson

    These aren’t unemployed youth, these are criminals expelled from their country for doing the type of illegal work obama does too…. let them stay in their country to be prosecuted for the crime they committed, dont bring them here to be molested and continue the insanity of the book of mormon.

  • disqus_BAvz0LV7zw

    Why not spend millions of dollars to those citizens or permanent residence whose families have children but could not find jobs, because they luck skills. They need job training to acquire skills but nobody offers them help. Those illegals can mow lawns.
    Clinton and Obama help prefers helping foreigners including terrorists, than US citizens. Trump will create jobs for all Americans, and those legally in the US. Illegals have to wait. Vote Trump 2016, and these problems will be solved.

  • L Garou

    It’s the neo-American way..

  • Jeremy Bradigan

    What a disgrace to AMERICANS! Get this black son of a bitch OUT OF OUR HOUSE! Jesus, what has happened to America? Where has She gone?! WAKE UP AMERICA!! #Trump2016 #AlwaysTrump

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  • Bruce Wayne

    yep, Obama and Hillary will take your money, your jobs and your land and give it to people who most likely will eventually try to kill you. Sounds silly til you see the violence in the places the refugees come from

  • Are they shovel ready jobs? Im betting the government will be handing out our tax dollars to these Muslim leaches and they wont do any work. Just like all the billions spent on shovel ready jobs. Most of that went to keep Union members working and none to actually creating new shovel ready jobs.

  • Richard Daugherty

    What about Chicago??

  • somehistorian

    Maybe we can employ these refugees to burn down some more buildings in Utica…(in the name of urban renewal)

  • Sixstringer✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    Nuff’ said.