Florida law limiting Chinese citizens from owning land blocked by appeals court

A federal appeals court granted an injunction to block a Florida law limiting Chinese citizens from purchasing land in the state.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ordered an injunction be given for two of the plaintiffs suing the state over claims it violates anti-discrimination laws. The injunction was granted due to a “substantial likelihood of success on their claim,” with one of the judges, Nancy Abudu, claiming the law being challenged “blatantly” violates the 14th Amendment.

“The statute’s language, the anti-Chinese statements from Florida’s public officials, and SB 264’s impact establish that the law is a blanket ban against Chinese non-citizens from purchasing land within the state. This prohibition blatantly violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection against discrimination,” Abudu said in a concurrence of the order.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) championed the
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