President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week restricting immigration into the United States from seven Middle Eastern and African countries. The order, which is expected to last at least 90 days, was given to implement a more stringent vetting process for refugees entering the country.
One college basketball player in particular, Iowa‘s Peter Jok, was directly affected by the order. A former refugee from Sudan, Jok still has family in his native country. He showed concern about the decision from the president and how it might affect others.
“I feel sad for the families that can’t see [their loved ones] for a long time, for however long this takes,” Jok told ESPN’S Andy Katz. “I have friends that can’t come here for basketball, who are Sudanese, even with dual citizenship.”
Jok, who has lived in the United States since he was 10 years old, is a naturalized citizen. According to Katz, he arrived in the the U.S. with siblings Dau, Jo Jo and Alek. He came to the States thanks to the assistance of a refugee program — a service he doesn’t take for granted.
“It was pretty difficult to get here,” Jok told ESPN. “The refugee program brought 1,000 families to this country. I’m very grateful for it. My brother is in the U.S. Army. This is home for me and my family. But the ban makes refugees feel unwelcome, and some can’t re-enter the country who live here.”
Jok, a senior who is averaging 21 points for the Hawkeyes this season, has missed the past two games with a back injury. The Hawkeyes (13-10) are back in action Sunday against Nebraska (10-11).
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Iowa’s Peter Jok, former Sudanese refugee, ‘sad’ about Donald Trump’s travel ban