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Racial Slur refering to Mexicans. The term originates from Operation Wetback.
In 1949 the Border Patrol seized nearly 280,000 illegal immigrants. By 1953, the numbers had grown to more than 865,000, and the U.S. government felt pressured to do something about the onslaught of immigration. What resulted was Operation Wetback, devised in 1954 under the supervision of new commissioner of the Immigration and Nationalization Service, Gen. Joseph Swing.

Swing oversaw the Border patrol, and organized state and local officials along with the police. The object of his intense border enforcement were "illegal aliens," but common practice of Operation Wetback focused on Mexicans in general. The police swarmed through Mexican American barrios throughout the southeastern states. Some Mexicans, fearful of the potential violence of this militarization, fled back south across the border. In 1954, the agents discovered over 1 million illegal immigrants.

In some cases, illegal immigrants were deported along with their American-born children, who were by law U.S. citizens. The agents used a wide brush in their criteria for interrogating potential aliens. They adopted the practice of stopping "Mexican-looking" citizens on the street and asking for identification. This practice incited and angered many U.S. citizens who were of Mexican American descent. Opponents in both the United States and Mexico complained of "police-state" methods, and Operation Wetback was abandoned.
Has Sanchez's family crossed the border yet? Those goofy wetbacks!
by Alex M R August 26, 2005
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"Wetback is a derogatory term used to describe Mexicans who have immigrated illegally to the United States by swimming or wading across the Rio Grande--the river that separates the U.S. from Mexico. U.S. Border Patrol began using the word in 1944 to refer to illegal Mexican immigrants who were easily identifiable by their wet clothing.
In 1954, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service made the word "wetback" official by naming the mission to remove illegal immigrants from the United States, Operation Wetback . In response to the increase of immigrants during the early 1950s, the agency developed the program to force immigrants (particularly Mexicans) back to their home countries. Aproximately one million Mexican Americans were deported in one year.

Today the term "wetback" is often used to express animosity towards Central American or Latin American immigrants--legal and illegal--who do not speak English. Meanwhile, in an attempt to reclaim the word, some Mexican-Americans call themselves Los Mojados, meaning "the wet ones."

~ This definition courtsey of www.gurl.com
Ted : Damn wetback !

Ed : Take it easy, man. He came over here as a baby on his mother's back. It's not his fault.
by Former President Richard Nixon January 12, 2006
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Illegal immigrants from Mexico who try to swim/ferry through the river illegally. They're the ones that make all hispanics look like idiots.
by Anonymous September 25, 2003
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3.
Originally a nick name for Mexicans greaser, beaner, pepper belly, either legally or illegally in the country. Originated in the American Southwest border states, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Through common usage has come to mean citizens of any nation who have immigrated here illegally.
Most wet backs sure are hard working, cheap laborers.
by Gregory B July 04, 2006
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A derogitory term used to describe illegal immigrants from Mexico. This originates from them jumping the boat and swimming to shore (undetected) hence having 'wet backs'.
"Those lousy wet backs never do any work"

"Damn Robin's a filthy wet back!
....yeah so's Dolly man"

"That guy's a bit too wet back for my liking"
by Dimma July 26, 2006
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Term used to describe the majority of Mexicans in the USA that come here illegally. They can be characterized as being dirty, rude, and completely unwilling to learn any English. They also protest to our government, because they feel, for some reason, that the USA owes illegals something. They pay no taxes, collect free health care, and are just a general leech on our country as a whole.
I cant get medical care for my family, but those wetbacks, get it for free.
by fukallillegals May 22, 2007
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1. A slang term used to describe illegal aliens of Mexican heritage.

2. Alcoholics

3. Cheap labor

4. High pork and beef diet
That fucking wetback sold be these oranges.
by RipDaJacka April 05, 2008
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A word that refer to all mexican fools
Look at that wetback with all those kids.

That wetback think he gangster.

It's a whole lot of Wetbacks in here.

Look at that Wetback getting his food stamps.
by Wetback killer August 13, 2009
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