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Taco turmoil: After Lloyd apology, Deep South touts support for police

Thursday morning, the owners of Lloyd Taco issued an apology for serving lunch to employees of the federal detention center in Batavia, which has held undocumented immigrants.

Late Thursday, the owner of Deep South Taco took to Facebook to remind the public that members of law enforcement, active-duty military, homeland security and first responders "always" get 35% off their meals at any of the local chain's restaurants.

"Thank you for your service and protection. We appreciate you," Deep South Taco wrote.

It was the latest response to the Lloyd Taco apology. Lloyd issued its statement after a number of people took to social media to criticize the company for sending a food truck to the Batavia facility on Wednesday.

A lunch turns political: Lloyd Taco apologizes for event at federal prison in Batavia

However, Lloyd's apology spurred its own backlash, with critics including local elected officials blasting the company for unpatriotically siding with illegal immigrants over law enforcement.

Deep South Taco waded in Thursday night. The company's owner, Richard Hamilton, has drawn attention for sharing conservative positions on social media previously.

He also has close ties to Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard, a Republican, hosting fundraising events for Howard and accepting the honorary position of reserve deputy sheriff.

The Buffalo chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America had called for a boycott of Deep South Taco's restaurants.

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