Lowcountry refugee family reacts to President Trump's alleged 's***hole countries' comment
Citizens, lawmakers and advocates across the nation are speaking out following alleged language spoken by President Trump during a meeting on DACA Thursday. The President claims his words were "tough," but not the language he's being accused of using. The President reportedly used a vulgar slur about immigrant countries.
Senator Dick Durbin -- the only democrat in the room during the meeting-- said it was a heart breaking moment. On Friday, ABC News 4 spoke to immigrants from around the Lowcountry to hear what they think about the President’s comments.
The Mufuta family just celebrated their first year in America. They came here as refugees from Zambia. The said despite the reports of hurtful comments from the President, they're still excited about the life they're building in the U.S.
"When you're living in a place that's not your place it's different." Bakemayi Mufuta has lived a life many of us can never imagine. "Originally, I’m from Congo Democratic," When he was 7-years-old, his family fled their native lands of the Congo and started a new life in Zambia.
"I went as a refugee to Zambia, where I stayed for a long time, 22 years." Mufuta said.
After decades in a foreign land, he and his wife had hopes to provide more for their children. Through Lutheran Services Carolinas, they stated life again in North Charleston.
"The kind of life here is very good cause people are working, they can have money, can take children to school, can have something of your own, just have a good life." Mufuta added.
He said he heard about the alleged comments of the President in regards to certain countries. "It was painful to the people I leave behind, like the refugees who are waiting for the opportunity to come to this side."
He said life as refugee was vastly different for a native Zambian. Though he had little, he said the country is not poor. "Zambia's a good place, if you want to get educated, you get educated, but things are expensive.”
Mufuta said despite the misconceptions of the continent of Africa, and the opinions of immigrants by some Americans, he believes many will still come to America for a chance at a new life. "I think people still need to come, they pray that things can be ok, things can be changed, if something comes out like that, always there is a solution. If something can come up again to find a solution over the same situation, so people are still hoping to come.”
Some senators said the president used vulgar terms in reference to Haiti and several African nations. The Mufuta’s moved to Charleston last year; days before the president suspended admission of all refugees for 120 days.