The Republican congressman representing the state of Alaska has apologised for using a word considered derogatory to Hispanic workers in a radio interview.
Don Young, 79, said he "meant no disrespect" when he referred to Hispanic labourers on the California farm where he grew up as "wetbacks".
During a discussion on a local radio station of the US labour market on Thursday, Mr Young said of his father's farm: "We used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes."
"It takes two people to pick the same tomatoes now. It's all done by machine," he added.
In a statement later, the 21-term congressman said: "I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays" even though it was in common use when he was a child.
This dude is way out of touch.
IMHO he should consider immediate retirement.