U.S. Customs and Border Protection apologizes for Halloween ‘candy for Americans only’ sign posted by employee

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PRESIDIO, Texas (AP) — A federal agency has apologized after an employee posted a sign outside his West Texas home saying Halloween candy would only be given to Americans.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement Wednesday saying the sign, which was written in Spanish, “does not reflect the opinion of this agency.”

The agency says it respects all people regardless of their culture, nationality or country of origin.

Customs officials declined to release details about the worker or possible discipline over the sign, which was posted Saturday in Presidio, a town of 4,400 people near the Mexican border.

Mayor John Ferguson says he doesn’t think the sign represents the people of Presidio. Ferguson encouraged everyone to treat visitors with “open hearts and open arms.”