A member of Indonesia’s House of Representatives pledged on Sunday to lobby the government for a request made by the inaugural Congress of Indonesian Diaspora: To allow Indonesians to hold dual citizenship.
After several days of meetings, attendees of the congress in Los Angeles overwhelming expressed their desire for the government to rethink its immigration laws.
â€śThe diaspora urges policymakers to . . . start the discourse to amend the Immigration Law to allow for dual citizenship,â€ť a statement from the congress read.
House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said he received a petition with almost 5,500 signatures demanding the government change its polices.
â€śI will carry your aspirations to Jakarta,â€ť Priyo said during his remarks at the closing ceremony of the congress, which was held between 6 and 8 July.
â€śThose lawmakers attending this congress and myself will make sure that we will discuss this issue with the President of Indonesia to find a solution on this matter.
“It is true that our law currently prohibits dual citizenship,” Priyo added. “But your voice is the voice of conscience that we heard directly.”