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by Jennie Taer

 

Illegal migrants bused from the southern border to Washington, D.C, denied that they’re being “tricked” into boarding the buses, several of them told the Daily Caller News Foundation, contradicting claims made by the mayors of D.C. and New York City.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser earlier criticized Republican Arizona Gov.

Doug Ducey and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who’s also sending buses to Washington, saying the migrants are being “tricked” into getting on the buses. New York City Mayor Eric Adams echoed Bowser’s claim that the migrants were “tricked,” saying that they were “forced” to board the buses.

The migrants, however, told a different story.

The DCNF spoke with the illegal migrants, who arrived in Washington on Friday on Republican Arizona Gov. Ducey’s buses, as they were waiting for a bus leaving Union Station for New York early Tuesday morning.

“They helped me and collaborated so that I could get from all the way to Washington. They took me to a shelter in which they treated me very well and they offered me the ticket from here to New York,” a migrant man from Venezuela told the DCNF. His wife, who was traveling with him and their three children, also said the travel option was voluntary.

“No. They offer it to us. They offer it to us for free to help those of us who don’t have [money] for free,” she said. “There are people who cross and they do have the money and they pay for the flight. But then the bus is voluntary. If you want, what they do is they forward us all the way to Washington, and, from here, we look for the organizations that help us so that we can get to our destination. Because at least for us that foundation gave us the tickets.”

A migrant from the Dominican Republic, who was traveling with her 12-year-old son, told the DCNF that she knew the bus was going to Washington and that they volunteered to come.

“[We’re going] to New York, where they will give us housing,” she said.

Ducey’s effort intends to send a message to the federal government about the influx of migrants crossing the border, Ducey spokesman C.J. Karamargin told the DCNF at the beginning of the busing.

“This is a problem caused by Washington. So we are bringing it to Washington,” Karamargin said.

“This is the flow of asylum seekers, migrants entering into the United States or coming into our or entering through Arizona because it’s easy and bearing the burden for this is our communities. Like folks in Yuma, where hospitals, community organizations, nongovernmental organizations are being strained tremendously. So, the goal here is to alleviate the burden for Arizonans,” he added.

The number of migrants that have crossed the southern border since October has surpassed 1,800,000, a new record, according to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data exclusively obtained by the DCNF.

Bowser’s office didn’t respond to the DCNF’s request for comment. Adams’ office didn’t immediately respond.

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Jennie Taer is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Year After Crash, Sleepy Hollow Deli Still Getting ‘Back Into Swing Of Things’

More than a year after a car barreled into its front window and brought business to a standstill, a popular Westchester County deli still has a long road to recovery.

The devastating crash at The Horseman Deli, located in Sleepy Hollow, occurred at exactly 3:05 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, owner Kirstina Rolon said.

That’s when a sedan struck a nearby curb before smashing into the deli’s front window. The impact was so severe it dislodged the vehicle’s engine.

Pictures posted on the deli’s Facebook page show the car lying on its roof surrounded by a devastating scene of shattered glass and broken furniture.

The driver and four passengers fled the scene on foot, police said at the time. The driver later turned himself in to face charges.

Having poured their life savings into the business just months prior, Rolon, her fiance Mike, and their business partner, Fredy, found themselves in the “devastating” position of having to close the deli’s doors indefinitely until necessary repairs could be made, Rolon said.

Among the to-do list was replacing the exterior wall and windows, along with new floors, a new ceiling, and new kitchen equipment.

To cover the repairs, Rolon launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of raising $100,000. Nearly $11,000 had been raised as of Monday, Oct. 3.

“This situation is most definitely something we never expected and in my whole life I have never asked for help from anyone financially let alone strangers,” Rolon wrote on GoFundMe. 

“If there is any way if you read this and find it in your heart to contribute even a small amount to saving our little deli, I would be eternally grateful!”

Using funds collected from the campaign, The Horseman Deli was able to launch a food truck in September 2021, allowing the business to offer limited services at local events.

“Thank you to all who helped us make this happen!!!” Rolon said at the time.

The deli, however, still faced significant obstacles on its way back to normalcy.

In January 2022, Rolon again updated customers on Facebook, this time to say that repairs to the building’s exterior had hit a major roadblock.

“We have been trying to move forward and get back into the swing of things, but unfortunately our landlord hasn’t made any progress with fixing the exterior of the building, which is his responsibility,” she wrote.

“By him not repairing the structural repairs, it is holding us up from opening and making the extensive repairs we would need to make on the inside.”

Rolon went on to say that the landlord was also prohibiting her from operating their food truck in front of the deli, so the business was looking for a new location in the Sleepy Hollow area.

“If you know of a location please reach out as we haven’t been able to find one thus far!” she said.

Prior to the devastating crash, The Horseman Deli appeared to be a hit with local foodies, serving up an array of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads, according to its menu.

Its breakfast offerings include several styles of omelets, as well as a chorizo burrito, made with scrambled eggs, cheese, potatoes, jalapenos, onions, peppers, and salsa.

On the sandwich menu is the Cluckin’ Russian, made with breaded chicken cutlet, bacon, melted Muenster cheese, and Russian dressing, and The Beast, featuring roast beef, bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and house-made chipotle aioli.

Reviews for The Horseman Deli have been mostly positive.

“This place nails everything they make,” Maria S., of sleepy Hollow, wrote on Yelp.

“I have tried breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, and salads. All amazing, fresh, seasoned to perfection, and out of this world.”

“Inventive, forward-thinking menu that has something for everyone,” LP, of Sleepy Hollow, wrote on Yelp. “Good quality food and friendly service.”

The Horseman Deli is located at 357 N. Broadway in Sleepy Hollow. However, due to the ongoing repairs, customers are encouraged to visit its website to find out where its food truck will be.

Click here to donate to the deli’s GoFundMe campaign. 

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