Meet the Press   |  March 31, 2013

Schumer reflects on Young’s ‘wetbacks’ remark

Sen. Chuck Schumer discusses a recent statement by Rep. Don Young in which Young used a racial slur.

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>> i want to ask you about some controversial comments made by a form 0er colleague of yours when you served in the house, alaska republ republican don young , about something he said this week about mexican immigrants. here is what he said.

>> my father had a ranch. we used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.

>> that derogatory term was something don young had to issue two apologies. the first one thursday night, he said this. 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. that didn't seem to suit some people. he issued a new apology on friday night. quote, i apologize for the inaccepts tiff term i used. there was no malice in my heart or intent to offend. it was a poor choice of words. that word and the negleative attitudes that come with it should be left in the 20th century and i'm sorry this has shifted our focus away from comprehensive immigration re reform. does the fact that is in his vocabula vocabulary, does that make senator young fit to serve?

>> i was disappointed in his first apology. it didn't seem full. i hadn't seen the second apology until you read it. there should be a full and complete apology. look, bigotry has always been the poison of america, and we ought to do everything to eradicate it with no excuses or explanation.

>> so that second apology satisfies you.

>> you just read it to me. it seems much fuller than the first one, yeah.