Iowa’s Peter Jok Issues Statement On Ban From Sudan
Iowa senior Peter Jok, the leading scorer in the Big Ten, commented publicly Sunday night on President Trump's temporary ban on immigrants from seven countries including his native Sudan.
On his Instagram account, Jok said:
Although I am a naturalized citizen of the United States and not Trump's executive order on immigration, a lot of my friends and family are. Like the Lost Boys and thousands of Sudanese who came to this country as refugees. America has been home to me because I grew up here. It's unfortunate the order has/will affect so many families and Sudanese atheletes playing in college and the NBA. I hope the order is reversed soon, because American that I know is a land of opportunities and inclusion. I am praying for all those affected by it
Jok was just three years old when his father, a diplomat in the Sudanese government, was assassinated. Jok along with his brother, sisters, mother, and grandmother immigrated to the United States. They settled in Des Moines area. Jok's older brother runs the Dut Jok Youth Foundations that helps Sudanese refugees through academics and athletics.