Utica (the town that loves refugees) is suing the state of NY for their refugee-generated school funding crisis

When I first started this blog in 2007, this 2005 United Nations report about Utica was being blasted around America! The news today shows what ten more years of overloading a city with refugees will do.

They really should file a case against the refugee contractors and the US State Department and the Office of Refugee Resettlement too!

This is an incredible piece of news published at the Wall Street Journal yesterday and thanks to the ever-watchful ‘Pungentpeppers’ for spotting it.

This needs to be a lesson to every one of the 180 plus “welcoming” cities that host federal refugee contractors!  You will not escape the same fate; it’s just a matter of time.

Before I get to what the WSJ reported, here is the propaganda the UN and the US State Department reported from Washington ten years ago:

“Utica loves refugees,” Gene Dewey, former Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in Washington, told a Senate hearing in 2005. Utica’s size has stabilized at around 65,000 and 10,000 of these residents nearly one in six are refugees. They come from around 30 countries and have vastly different backgrounds.  Thirty-one languages are spoken in city schools. Utica has benefited from refugees. The town was going downhill, but it is now reviving because of refugees.  

Entitled, ‘Small Cities Fight for More School Aid From New York State,’ the WSJ begins with the predictable struggling student profile and then says this below (by the way, why are we still bringing refugees from Cambodia?).  Emphasis below is mine:

District officials say Utica schools lack enough resources for their 10,700 students, including 1,800 who are foreign-born. Hundreds of refugees from Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq and other war-torn lands settle in the area each year through a federal program.

Utica is one of eight small cities fighting for more state aid in a legal battle that will begin oral arguments Wednesday in state Supreme Court in Albany. The attorney general’s office has sought for six years to get higher courts to throw out the lawsuit. Lawyers for the plaintiffs say the court’s ruling could affect needy districts statewide.


On average, New York’s per-pupil education spending is the highest of any state, though there are wide gaps from district to district. According to state data, Utica spent $15,323 per pupil in the 2012-13 school year, compared with the state average of $21,118. Some affluent districts, such as Great Neck and Briarcliff Manor, spent more than $30,000 a student.

Utica officials are grappling with high poverty rates, rising enrollment and big deficits. [But wait, we were told the refugees were bring the city back from the brink of poverty!—ed]


Other cities in the case, Maisto v. New York, are Poughkeepsie, Jamestown, Port Jervis, Niagara Falls, Mount Vernon, Kingston and Newburgh.


Each city has its own concerns. Utica gets hundreds of refugees a year through a federal partnership with the nonprofit Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees***. The newcomers move into inexpensive housing that was left vacant as the local manufacturing sector has waned over the past half-century. The area has lost textile mills and a General Electric plant, among others.

Utica now serves children speaking 42 languages, including Nepali, Somali Bantu, Arabic and Bosnian. Teachers say they need smaller classes and more interpreters, social workers, guidance counselors and tutors to help students who lag behind, including American children from low-income families.  [Remember in 2005, the number of languages spoken in the school system was 30!—ed]

Many of the city’s children enter kindergarten with the skills of a 2-year-old and would benefit from more individual attention, said Lori Eccleston, the district’s curriculum director. Some arrive suffering from malnutrition or lead poisoning. Several students born in African refugee camps are blind, she said, because they didn’t get drops in their eyes at birth to prevent infections.


In Utica, 15% of children in grades three to eight passed state tests in language arts last year, and 19% did so in math. Statewide, 31% passed in each subject.

There is more, read it all!

By the way, the next time “WELCOMING AMERICA” (a federal contractor and UN propaganda pusher) shows up in your town peddling one of those economic studies supposedly showing how refugees and immigrants will bring your struggling city back to economic boom times, show them the door!

New York residents should know that your state is always in the Top Five states welcoming new refugees.

See all of our previous posts on Utica by clicking here.

*** Be sure to see the glowing praise for the Mohawk Valley refugee contractor from Hillary Clinton, here at their website.

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