Why are Mexicans Called Wetbacks?

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Not all Mexicans are called wetbacks. Illegal aliens from Mexico are called wetbacks by some people because they presumably sneaked into the United States by swimming the Rio Grand River.
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It's a derogatory word not used in polite company (like the n-word). Some Mexicans entered the U.S. illegally by swimming across the Rio Grande river, making their backs wet.
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This slur stems from the fact that illegal Mexicans usually swim rivers to cross
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Because many have had to cross the Rio Grand river to get here.
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