MailOnline reports an upstate New York taco truck has been pegged ‘apolitical’ after they apologized for serving food to area ICE agents only to rescind the sentiment after they were bombarded by criticism from the right.
‘We make tacos, not war,’ said Lloyd Taco Truck’s co-founder, Pete Cimino.
Lloyd Taco Trucks – Buffalo’s first food truck – issued their initial apology after serving lunch at Buffalo Federal Detention Facility for the Department of Homeland Security on October 23.
After getting blasted with posts from various people in the community, the food truck said that it made an ‘honest mistake’ by serving the facility in Batavia.
‘Lloyd has deep ties to immigrant and refugee communities in Buffalo,’ they said in the October 24 statement.
They added: ‘There is no excuse for what happened and we have already begun to update our internal procedures to ensure future truck stops and events align with our company’s values.’
Lloyd claimed that all sale made at the facility would be going to the Justice for Migrant Families WNY, who provided insight to the approximately 700 people detained at the Buffalo center.
‘People who are detained in Batavia regularly report that they receive insufficient food portions that have to be supplemented by buying food from the facility,’ Carra Statton, co-founder of Justice for Migrant Families WNY, said in a statement.
‘Detained immigrants who work in Batavia earn a dollar a day that they use for calls, extra food, or basic toiletries. In the past year, as the U.S. system buckled under waves of regressive Federal policies that overcrowd detention, the food portions and quality in Batavia have suffered as well.
‘Additionally, those who have medical conditions connected to diet are adversely affected by the food they receive to the point that they can become very ill in the course of their detention.’
And while many were pleased with Lloyd’s decision, several right-wing critics blasted the company for its decision. According to Cimino, co-founder for the food truck, the establishment lost three scheduled visits.
They received even more flack after ICE released its own statement.
‘The men and women who work at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility are Detention Officers, Deportation Officers, administrative support staff, Doctors, Nurses, Judges, Attorneys, and maintenance staff,’ they said in a statement.
Cimino apologized for making the ‘hastily made’ decision to say sorry for serving ICE, adding that the company had ‘reacted too quickly to criticism we received for that visit.’
‘Each and every one of them is entrusted with the safety, security, and care of the detainees here. Almost 50% of the staff are Veterans.
‘Families are not detained here nor has any child been here. Further, an overwhelming percentage of the detainees detained at this facility are criminal aliens, meaning, they continued to commit more crimes after illegally entering the United States.
‘We are doing our jobs, enforcing the laws passed by Congress. Just like we have for many Presidents. We will not apologize for doing this, not even to a food truck that now chooses to discriminate against us.’
Cimino apologized for making the ‘hastily made’ decision, adding that the company had ‘reacted too quickly to criticism we received for that visit.’
He would not allude as to whether or not the company would go to those types of businesses in the future.
This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com
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