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Washington, DC – NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement deploring the passage into law in the State of Florida of a discriminatory bill aiming to restrict real estate sales to nationals of “countries of concern” including China, Russia, Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela and Syria:
“Governor DeSantis has thrown Florida’s hat into the ring of states seeking to subject immigrant communities to overt discrimination that may interfere with their right to buy property and pursue the American dream. This is part of an outrageous assault on civil rights that is transpiring across many states and reminiscent of the xenophobic Alien Land Laws of the 19th and 20th centuries.
“DeSantis and other would-be Presidential hopefuls probably think they have found their ‘Muslim ban’ for the 2024 election, but these nakedly discriminatory bills will galvanize opposition from all those who want to safeguard civil rights.”
“Those who are from the targeted countries, including Iran, will now face added scrutiny in the real estate market and be forced to sign affidavits before completing many purchases. The passage of the bill will also encourage further discrimination from realtors wary that heritage should be assessed when selling property. It is un-American and – if justice prevails – will soon join earlier versions of alien land laws as unconstitutional.”
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