President Obama is outraging local residents of northern New York and in 10 other communities.
Barack Obama is doing his best to make sure that the youth of Utica, New York have summer jobs, with special attention being paid to refugees. Obama is launching the Summer Opportunity Project, a project focused on finding and creating summer jobs for young people in 11 different communities across the United States. Approximately $2 million will be set aside to help 400 refugee children currently residing in Utica.
Many locals are concerned and outraged that the President seems to be prioritizing refugees over American citizens. There is a litany of comments on Syracuse.com criticizing Obama for his plan. A few of the comments posted have been provided by theamericanmirror.com:
- “Most divisive president ever adds to the legacy”
- “This is absurd! 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? Can’t wait for November.”
- “What about OUR kids? I am thoroughly disgusted.”
The Summer Opportunity Project is a collaboration of several smaller projects that focus on finding employment and assistance for disenfranchised groups. The $2 million being used to help Syrian refugees in upstate New York will be funnelled through the America’s Career Pathways Project. A White House fact sheet states that the ACPP will:
“provide in-school youth with summer jobs and academic support for 400 students in the refugee populations of Utica, NY. The students will receive summer job work experience and academic tutoring in English and Math, and support in finding part-time jobs.”
The ACPP is one of many multi-million dollar projects that aims to provide employment related services for underprivileged youth. Similar projects will launch this summer in California, Illinois and Iowa to provide work and employment related services for Native American youth. The programs in California, Illinois and Iowa all share a common goal. They aim to:
“create summer employment and year-round work experiences for 1,000 disconnected youth and underserved populations, including Latino and Arab-American youth”
How would you provide employment to the youths of Utica without showing preferential treatment to a specific group? Share your ideas in the comment section below!