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    Group Accused of Making up Story About Homeless Vets Being Evicted to Make Room for Migrants

    Group Accused of Making up Story About Homeless Vets Being Evicted to Make Room for Migrants

    (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit group has been accused of fabricating a story about homeless veterans being evicted from a New York hotel to make room for migrants, a tale that stoked days of outrage on cable news networks.

    One Republican lawmaker in New York who helped spread the story is now calling for an investigation, saying he and others were duped.

    The uproar began after New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, bused a small group of asylum seekers to a suburban hotel as the city's homeless shelter system struggled to accommodate an influx of migrants from the U.S. border with Mexico.

    The group's transfer prompted a political backlash from Republican county officials, who accused the mayor of trying to offload his problems on unprepared communities.

    Then, the founder of a small charity in the area added an explosive claim: To make way for the migrants, a hotel in Newburgh, New York, evicted nearly two dozen homeless veterans.

    That story, told by Yerik Toney Foundation chief executive Sharon Toney-Finch, was picked up May 12 by The New York Post and quickly followed by Fox News, Newsmax and other conservative news outlets. The Post on Friday published a follow-up story reporting on the latest development.

    “Our veterans have been placed in another hotel due to what's going on with the immigrants,'' Toney-Finch told the Post in its initial story, saying her group had…

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