A taco truck company is in the middle of a controversy after serving workers at an immigration detention center in upstate New York, then apologizing for it.
Buffalo-based Lloyd parked one of its trucks at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia and served lunch for workers there last Wednesday.
It did not take long for Twitter to come out against their move, with clients vowing to never eat their tacos again. The taco company apologized the next day, saying it was a mistake to have served Immigration and Customs enforcement workers and there was “no excuse” for their actions, and acknowledging their ties with the local immigrant and refugee community.
Then came the second wave of backlash: Why was a food truck was apologizing for serving workers on their lunch break? ICE Buffalo Field Office Director Thomas Feeley went so far as to call it discrimination against the facility workers.
That led to the second apology on Monday. At a news conference, Lloyd co-founder Pete Cimino said their intention was never to be political. “We make tacos, not war,” he said.
“Chris (Dorsaneo, the co-owner) and I want to fully and sincerely apologize for our past statement after our truck’s visit to the federal detention facility in Batavia last week,” Cimino said. “Our statement was hastily made, and we reacted too quickly to criticism we received for that visit.”