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Alaska Republican Congressman: My Father Used To Have “Wetbacks” Pick Tomatoes

In an interview with a local radio station on Thursday, longtime Alaska Congressman Don Young used the racial slur “wetback” while discussing the economy.

2. He later apologized in a statement from his office:


During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California. I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.

Migrant workers play an important role in America’s workforce, and earlier in the said interview, I discussed the compassion and understanding I have for these workers and the hurdles they face in obtaining citizenship. America must once and for all tackle the issue of immigration reform.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.
 
 
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