Attorneys argue that Florida law discriminates against Chinese nationals trying to buy homes

(19 Apr 2024)
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Miami – 19 April 2024
1. Various of protesters outside courthouse
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Shanti Elise Prasad, Chinese for Affirmative Action:
"We are here to, protest and, and support the lawsuit against SB 264, which is a bill that passed, last year, which, is highly discriminatory. It prevents people from certain countries, it targets people based on their national origin, from buying property in the state of Florida."
3. Various of protesters outside courthouse
4. Tilting shot of courthouse
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Bethany Li, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund:
"The hearing today was at the 11th Circuit and we were asking the 11th Circuit to find that the SB 264 violates the equal protection clause, is preempted by federal law, and violates the Fair Housing Act."
6. Various of protesters outside courthouse
7. Li speaking at news conference
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Bethany Li, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund:
"What this law does is entrenches that discrimination in these systems. And Asian Americans everyday feel the impacts of that."
9. Various of protesters outside courthouse
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Shanti Elise Prasad, Chinese for Affirmative Action:
"And it’s important for our community to know that they’re not alone. You know, people come to this country and it can be… you can feel very isolated. And so it’s always important. You know, throughout history, we’ve been out in the streets. It’s a it’s an important part of our rights to be able to come out in protest and to have our voice heard. It’s a part of democracy."
11. Various of protesters outside courthouse
STORYLINE:
An attorney wants a federal court to overturn a Florida law that she says discriminates against Chinese citizens by barring their purchase of real estate in much of the state.

Protesters gathered outside the Miami courthouse in support of the lawsuit.

Ashley Gorski represented four Chinese nationals before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday.

She argued that the law is similar to long-overturned 20th century bans on Asians buying property.

Attorney Nathan Forrester represented the state.

He said the law addresses national security concerns, including threats posed by the Chinese government. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law a year ago.

It applies to farms and properties within 10 miles of military installations and other critical infrastructure.

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