Hell, wetback is what West Texas ranchers called illegal Rio Grande crossers, the terminology was also used by the "chotas" (Border Patrol) Since when did the damned illegal invaders skin get so thin ? Is this hurt feelings over the proper term hurting the feelings of the damned liberals? My Hispanic neighbors always called them that and most still do. They don't even call chotas by that name anymore, now they are La Migra. West Texas Ranches and ranching has always been a combination of Hispanics and Anglos, who live and work together and in the old days we got a lot of help from the wets because grown Texans, both anglo and hispanic weren't interested in real manual labor on a ranch, young Texans just wanted to ride horses and "cowboy" but there was hard work, fencing, windmill work, digging and ditching and cattle guard building and the so called wets did a damn good job. Ike set up a Bracero program so that good men from the other side of the river could work here without harassment from the chotas if they got a number.
How pathetic. They also reach out to a councilman named Martinez why? Because a US Citizen who is and elected politician has a Hispanic last name so he must be an advocate for illegal immigrants? WTH?
Frankly, he should have known it would cause a stir and thought about how people would react, but how they're handling it is nuts.
Also, I recall reading that the term wetback was originally coined to describe Anglo's that crossed the rive going the other way. Border people were just people that loved near a river and live "on the river" which meant both sides. And for the most part lived peacefully. Obviously that was a long time ago before it was forgotten who worked together to fight for what is now Texas.
I have worked with both legal and illegal immigrants, and the folks who come over the river to work and gain a better life threw the proper legal channels. Welcome to America, land of the free and home of the brave. (and the cry baby Dem's) If you didn't come here legally, turn your ass around and go back to where you came from. I don't care were it is, whether it is Mexico, Canada, or England.
I worked with a legal immigrant that I liked to work with, and I still talk to him when he answers his phone. When people were marching in the streets for illegals rights. He was pissed and said "How come I have to go do all the paper work and get tested and all they have to do is hop the river?" And he is right, to this day he calls me "weto" (I Doubt that is how it is spelled) when I call him I don't get offended.
I think they need to get off the "we love illegals kick", maybe thats how this councilman's family came over, and I don't care honestly. They are illegal and I don't care if their feelings get hurt by someone using any term about them. If you are illegal, you are a criminal and thats it (in my opinion).
If you are an immigrant who comes here legally and becomes a productive member of society then I would have an issue as I think racism is rediculous. By all means I welcome legal immigrants who become productive members of society.
Anyway ... a little story and perspective ... maybe.
When I was a kid, me and the other Mexican-American kids did not like being called Mexican, wetbacks, or whatever. Not because we saw it as bad, but because we saw it as a social and economic statement. "Wets", were new, had little money, had the worst clothes, had to stretch the crap out of their resources (packed cars with people, mismatched or hand me down clothes, etc.) may not have family here, couldn't speak English, were a grade or two behind in school, and so on and so forth.
The bottomline was, it meant you were new, unsettled, and probably poor ... every kid's social nightmare, lol. It didn't, and still doesn't, mean much more than that to me.
Now when someone says "lets go pick up some wetbacks and get that fence done". It tells me they are cheapskates, looking to take advantage, or are plain morons. Either way, it's a negative on them, not the illegal.