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Roughly 300 protesters marched via Houston’s Chinatown on Saturday in opposition to a proposed legislation that may prohibit Chinese language residents from proudly owning property in Texas.

If handed, Bill 147, filed by Republican State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst in November 2022, will successfully forestall folks with ties to 4 nations — China, Russia, North Korea and Iran — from buying Texas property or actual property.

Kolkhorst, who claims it is necessary for nationwide safety, has stated it might not impression authorized residents or inexperienced cardholders.

Critics of the invoice, nevertheless, level out that it has not addressed the difficulty of twin nationals and it has not clarified authorized protections.

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Teams representing immigrants who really feel that they are going to be affected by the invoice have been organizing demonstrations to protest its passing.

Asian Individuals Management Council, one of many main teams campaigning in opposition to the invoice, organized the Saturday protest that noticed hundreds marching via Chinatown whereas chanting “Cease Chinese language hate” and “Texas is our house.”

Protesters made noise by pounding on drums and cymbals whereas these carrying a Chinese language dragon costume joined the march.

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“For a very long time, our neighborhood has been used as a scapegoat for the remainder of the world,” Rep. Gene Wu (D, TX-137), who participated within the march, stated. “So throughout COVID-19 folks blamed Asian Individuals… We aren’t answerable for something that goes on in the remainder of the world.”

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D, TX- 18) additionally participated within the protest and spoke on the stage.

“No to SB 147, as a result of the Statue of Liberty has not fallen, and the American flag remains to be standing,” she stated. “Cease the Asian hate. Stand for the American flag.”

On Jan. 29, over 250 protesters flocked to John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza in downtown Dallas to sentence the invoice as discriminatory.

The protest, hosted by DFW Chinese language Alliance, included testimonies from neighborhood members who shared their considerations in regards to the payments.

Hailong Jin, DFW Chinese language Alliance’s board director, in contrast the invoice to earlier anti-Chinese language laws within the U.S., together with the Chinese language Exclusion Act and California’s “Alien Land Regulation.”

The teams additionally protested in opposition to Bill 552, which can hinder corporations with hyperlinks to the 4 nations from shopping for agricultural land.

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