Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill barring Chinese nationals, along with those from six other countries, from buying land in the state. Similar laws have advanced in other states despite the fact that so-called “alien land laws” — which were used in more than a dozen U.S. states to prevent Asian immigrants from settling in white communities by limiting their ability to purchase property — were deemed unconstitutional more than 70 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
As Asian Americans, watching the rising tide of discrimination and racism toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), we’ve never been more grateful to live in California. While DeSantis responds to the anti-AAPI hate by bringing back laws historically used against us, Gov. Gavin Newsom does the opposite. In 2021, as the nation reeled from a mass shooting at Atlanta-area spas that killed eight — including six Asian American women — Gov. Newsom and our Legislature stood up for Californians’ safety by passing the nation’s first Asian and Pacific Islander Equity Budget.