Abdirahman Chirango of Somalia is appalled by President Donald Trump’s reported profanity-laced description of African nations.
"He's just a joke. For him to utter such words and coming from a person of high power, that's really ridiculous,” Chirango said. "He just don't like them. He's a public racist, everybody can see it.”
Although Mr. Trump denies making such expletive remarks, Chirango remains skeptical, stressing the United States was built by immigrants from around the world.
“It's denying an opportunity for someone like me who was living a life full of hell, a life full of insecurity,” Chirango said.
Chirango has lived in the U.S. for the past 12 years, having escaped the war-torn nation of Somalia where he noted his people were considered inferior.
"We have been prosecuted, we have been tortured. For me the reason I left Somalia is because my mom was killed point-blank, was shot in execution style in front of me after she resisted a rape,” Chirango said.
From Somalia to Tucson, Arizona, for Chirango, it was a life-changing moment.
He’s the first in his family to graduate from college and now alongside his cousin, Chirango helps run a business, living the American dream.
"The feeling that I will go to bed and nobody can attack me and I will wake up in the morning while I'm safe is the most amazing feeling that I've ever had in my entire life,” Chirango said.
Meanwhile, the Pima County Republican Party had no comment on the story.