The co-founders of Lloyd, a widely popular food truck business, apologized at a news conference on Monday morning, Oct. 28, for the earlier apology they made about regretting their decision to serve food to employees at the Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, New York, according to WIVB4.
“Chris 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. Our statement was hastily made, and we reacted too quickly to criticism we received for that visit,” Lloyd co-founder, Pete Cimino, said at the news conference.
It began since Oct. 23 when Lloyd was criticized for sending a food truck to the facility where holds illegal aliens, for its workers to buy lunch. Lloyd issued an apology on Twitter the following day, calling the move “an honest mistake” and saying it was a bad business decision and a lapse in judgment.
Lloyd then announced it would donate one day’s proceeds to Justice for Migrant Families WNY, a local group, and vowed to do more to help illegal immigrants in the future.
That, in turn, created even more controversy on social media.
State Sen. Rob Ortt, who’s also running for Congress, issued a statement on Twitter that reads:
“In what world does a company feel the need to apologize for serving food to federal law enforcement officers who work in dangerous conditions? Pathetic pandering. The men and women who work to enforce our immigration laws and protect us deserve better.”
Immigration and Customs Enforcement itself put out a statement after the company made its initial 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. 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,” ICE field office Director Thomas Feeley said in a statement to WIVB4.
“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,” he continued.
Cimino said the company received more than 5,000 negative Facebook comments and three canceled truck visits. He also said that Lloyd Taco supports everyone in the community they serve.
“People get emotional and feel strongly about issues like immigration policy, and social media magnifies those emotions, but we make lunch and dinner, not policy,” Cimino said. “We support all our communities.”
Cimino wanted first responders to know that the company was sorry for their initial statement.