"My father had a ranch; 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.”
Yes, he used the term "wetbacks" to describe Mexican immigrant labor.
Young later fell short of apologizing, claiming that he meant, "No disrepsect."
As in, "Hey, Rep. Young, you're a racist dinosaur who has no place in American politics. No disrespect."
Young finally apologized on his second try a day later, saying:
“I apologize for the insensitive term I used during an interview in Ketchikan, Alaska. There was no malice in my heart or intent to offend; it was a poor choice of words.”
Yes, he meant the ethnic slur affectionately.