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Commissioner Calls Hispanics "Wetbacks"

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) _ A Carroll County commissioner has prompted calls for him to apologize after using a derogatory term for Hispanics during a meeting.

But Carroll County Commissioner Bill Head stands by his use of the word "wetback'' and said he will NOT apologize.

During a work session Tuesday, 82-year-old Head said the county
needed more jail space because of criminals from nearby Atlanta and
"the wetbacks from down south.''

None of the other commissioners commented on Head's remarks during the work session or the following business meeting.

But Commissioner John Wilson now says Head's use of the term was
"inappropriate'' and that he should apologize to Hispanics.

But Head told the Times-Georgian his remark was referring only to illegal immigrants and that he will not back down.


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