President Jokowi: Indonesia Unaffected by President Trump’s Immigration Policy Related to Seven Islamic Countries

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is certain that the new immigration policy of U.S. President Donald Trump prohibiting the entry of immigrants from seven Islamic countries will not affect Indonesia. Even so, the President asserted that justice and equality must be fought for.

“We are not affected by the policy. In principle, I believe our constitution states clearly that equality must be fought for,” said the President, answering questions from journalists after launching the Export Purposed Import Facility for Small and Medium Enterprises (KITE IKM), at the Tumang Copper handicrafts Centre, Cepogo Subdistrict, Boyolali District, on Monday (30/1).

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday (27/1) signed an executive order which prohibits entry of immigrants to the United States of America from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The seven countries are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. The order will stand for 90 days until the American immigration system is fixed.

In the U.S., the policy led to a number of demonstrations protesting the executive order.

The Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C. has urged all Indonesian citizens in the country to keep calm and be vigilant in their areas.

“All Indonesian citizens are also urged to respect the law and maintain public order in their respective areas,” this was part of the Embassy’s announcement to Indonesian citizens living in the U.S. released on Saturday (28/1) local time.

According to the Indonesian Embassy in Washington D.C., all Indonesian embassies and consulates will proactively provide services and reach all Indonesian citizens living in the U.S.

“The Indonesian Government through its representatives in the United States will continue to monitor developments and anticipate the possible impact on Indonesian citizens,” stated the Embassy in Washington D.C. (UN/ES/Infomed/PAN)