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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF REPEAL OF ALIEN LAND LAW PROVISIONS FROM FLORIDA CONSTITUTION
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Counsel-corrected Resolution – April 18, 2004

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF REPEAL OF ALIEN LAND LAW PROVISIONS FROM FLORIDA CONSTITUTION 

WHEREAS    The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization; and  

WHEREAS    OCA has always fought against racial discrimination; and WHEREAS    The 1790 Naturalization Act limited the privilege of naturalization only to "free white persons” (in 1790) and "persons of African nativity or descent” (in 1870); and  

WHEREAS    Under the 1790 Naturalization Act, Asian immigrants were classified as "aliens ineligible for citizenship” until 1952; and 

WHEREAS    The State of California passed the first "Alien Land Law” in 1913, prohibiting "aliens ineligible for citizenship” from owning real property; and  

WHEREAS    The State of Florida adopted similar provisions in its constitution in 1926; and  

WHEREAS    Alien land laws were found unconstitutional and repealed in California and other states except for Florida and New Mexico; and  

WHEREAS    Joint Florida House Bill HJR – 657 (Relating to Real Property Ownership/Noncitizens) was submitted by state representative Phillip Brutus to repeal the Florida constitutional provisions and was passed through the Florida House Judiciary Committee and House Procedure Committee; and

WHEREAS    Joint Florida State Senate Bill SJR – 566 (Relating to Basic Rights/State Constitution) was submitted by state senator Steven Geller to repeal the Florida constitutional provisions and has to pass through the Florida Senate; and 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA commends the members of the Florida House Judiciary Committee and House Procedure Committee for supporting the repeal of Florida’s alien land law provisions; and  

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that OCA supports current efforts to repeal alien land law provisions in the Florida constitution; and 

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that OCA encourages all OCA members to communicate their views regarding these bills to appropriate officials.

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