An Asian American advocacy group has sued the state of Florida alleging that a new law is unconstitutional because it outlaws Chinese people who are not US citizens, permanent residents, or whose domicile is in China from buying land statewide.

Shen v. Simpson was filed in the Northern District of Florida Tallahassee Division on May 22 alleging that SB 264 is unconstitutional.

“It applies to anyone who is a Chinese citizen who wants to buy property in Florida,” said Bethany Li, an attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. “There are a lot of professors and people who are students. There is a good number of people impacted. We’ve been talking to community groups that have been opposing this bill because of the impact on their lives and families.”

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