Rep. Don Young on ‘Wetbacks’ Comment: I ‘Meant No Disrespect’
Good luck with that rebranding and outreach.
Rep. Don Young says he “meant no disrespect” when he used the term “wetbacks.”
“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young, an Alaska Republican, told a local radio station in a story posted Thursday. “It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It’s all done by machine.”
Young’s comments came as part of a wide-ranging interview in which he slammed regulations and offered his own prescriptions for the economy. The word “wetback” is a slur often used to refer to undocumented immigrants, especially those from Mexico.