Judge Makes Final Decision On Florida’s Chinese Land Law

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(TargetLiberty.org) – On Thursday a federal judge did not block a Florida law that would stop certain Chinese citizens from being allowed to purchase or own land in Florida.

Federal District Court in Northern Florida Judge Allen Winsor claimed that those who had filed against the law had not been able to demonstrate that they would win this case, which is an important factor to consider when determining whether or not the case is going to move forward to a full trial.

Winsor claimed in the 51-page decision that the real estate firm and four Chinese immigrants had failed to show that the Florida Legislature had discriminated against them intentionally when deciding on this law.

He proceeded to explain that according to the law, as it is currently written, it would apply both to those of Chinese descent and not of Chinese descent so long as they were “domiciled in China.” The statute had gone through the state House and Senate which is controlled by the Republicans earlier this year, and it included restrictions for those coming from China blocking them from having properties close to important infrastructure, agricultural land, or military bases.

This is part of a general attempt made by Florida to stop Beijing from grabbing more American land in the state. However, the plaintiffs have claimed that the move was targeting those with an immigrant background, pointing out that it was blocking certain Chinese citizens from being allowed to buy more than two acres of land. Limitations are placed on other countries as well according to the law.

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