Chinese Citizens Sue Florida Over Law Banning Land Purchases Near Military Locations

Chinese citizens in Florida filed a lawsuit against the state on Monday over a newly enacted law that prohibits individuals from “countries of concern” from purchasing specific types of property within the state.

The law, known as SB 264, was signed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 8 and restricts individuals from China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela and Syria from acquiring property within a 10-mile radius of military installations, critical infrastructure facilities and agricultural land.

With the support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the plaintiffs argue that Florida’s law perpetuates housing discrimination.