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Lloyd Taco, a taco truck company, was criticized on social networks after serving food to workers at a Customs Immigration and Control Service (ICE) detention center. The company apologized, only to retract shortly after a new shower of reproaches, The Washington Post reported.
The company published on the social network Twitter the locations and hours in which its service would work on October 23 in the state of New York.RELATED
1.) Department of Homeland Security (4250 Federal Drive, Batavia)
2.) @larkinsquare (745 Seneca Street, Buffalo)
3.) Airborne Business Park (300 Airborne Parkway, Cheektowaga)
— lloyd (@whereslloyd) October 23, 2019
One of the trucks was located next to a building of the Department of Homeland Security in Batavia between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to sell lunches.
The location was recognized by Twitter users as one of the immigration detention centers, and therefore strongly criticized.
The next day, Lloyd Taco posted a message on that social network explaining that they had received a request to serve food in that building, and offering their apologies.
“Lloyd has close ties with the immigrant and refugee communities in Buffalo,” he said, “there is no excuse for what happened and we have already started updating our internal procedures to ensure that truck stops and events line up with the values of the company ”.
We're sorry. pic.twitter.com/chKkSGwwBr
— lloyd (@whereslloyd) October 24, 2019
But that was only the beginning of the controversy.
"In what world does a company feel the need to apologize for serving food to federal law enforcement officials who work in dangerous conditions?" Rob Ortt, a state Republican senator who is contesting a chair in Congress, wrote on Twitter.
"The men and women who work to enforce our immigration laws and protect us deserve better."
After being accused of discriminating against ICE agents, the company said nothing and, on Monday, convened a press conference to say that it was a mistake to say that it was a mistake to sell food in front of the Batavia detention center.
Pete Cimino, one of the founders of Lloyd Taco, said they did not want to take sides in political disputes. He added that they had received 5,000 comments on social networks, including threats to vandalize their trucks for "sided with law violators," in reference to undocumented immigrants.
"We make tacos, not war," Cimino said, adding that the first apology was rushed, and declaring himself "police fans" to the point of offering them discounts.
Now they are the ones who criticize the company, however, for not setting a clear position.
It is not the first time that Mexican food has become a political battlefield, since, in an election campaign, the president, Donald Trump, seriously insulted the citizens of this country.
In 2018, former National Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was booed in a Mexican restaurant for the family separation policy on the southern border.