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Louisiana to vote on bill which would block ‘foreign adversaries’ from land purchases

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Beginning Aug. 1, Louisiana House Bill 537 would prohibit any person connected with a foreign adversary from purchasing, leasing or otherwise acquiring immovable property in the state. “It would allow the attorney general to bring action for injunctive relief on behalf of the state to block sales, investigate transactions, and petition the court to take action” reports Just The News.

According to a 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, Louisiana has the most foreign landowners overall at 5.89 percent. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, and passed the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure with a vote of 11-1, “sending the measure to the House floor for a scheduled vote on Tuesday.”

“This bill is seeking to protect state sovereignty,” Hodges told the committee, stressing it would apply to “corporations who are seeking to control essential assets, not local residents with lawful status who want to contribute to Louisiana business, culture and community.”

Hodges referenced data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that found “China’s ownership of U.S. farmland grew 20-fold in the last decade, from 81 million to 1.8 billion worth of holdings in 2020.” Additionally, Louisiana’s important industries — from chemical manufacturers to ports to liquid gas terminals to military bases — “could be targeted by adversaries”.

“I did try to address every concern that I heard with these amendments, because it is not targeted towards an individual,” Hodges said, referring to amended changes in the bill to specify the law would not apply to American citizens, legal permanent residents, or single family residences. The bill ties the definition of foreign adversaries to a federal list that currently includes the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and Venezuela.

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Number of illegal migrants from China, mostly single males, surpassing those from Mexico in some areas

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that the total number of apprehensions from China at the conclusion of the 2023 fiscal year, was 24,048 persons, more than 10 times the 1,970 arrests recorded in 2022. Of the more than 140,000 Chinese nationals, mostly single males, who have illegally entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office, does not include persons who have evaded capture.

In one California border sector, where the majority are apprehended, CBP announced that between October and February, the 21,000 encounters with Chinese citizens surpassed the 18,700 Mexicans taken into custody.

Foreign Desk News explains that the migrants will typically fly to Ecuador, as there is no visa requirement, then pay guides to transport them to the U.S. border. Many of the transients will claim asylum on the basis that they are victims of the oppressive regime in Beijing.

The influx has caused concern in Washington over the possible national security implications, such as how on March 27, an unnamed Chinese individual was arrested for attempting to enter the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, without identification.

The Wall St. Journal reported that unauthorized Chinese citizens, often posing as tourists, attempted to access or surveil sensitive U.S. military instillations more than 100 times in recent years.

Last summer, House Homeland Security Chairman Mark Green (R-TN), announced that his committee had obtained evidence from the U.S. Border Patrol confirming that many of the detained, and later released per Biden administration policy, have ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army.

 

 

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