Republican congressman Chip Roy submits bill to ban CCP members from buying land in the USA
On Friday, June 11, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas' 21st congressional district introduced a bill that would ban members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from purchasing land in the United States
"The 'Securing America's Land From Foreign Interference Act' will ensure that Texas' land never comes under the control of the CCP by prohibiting the purchase of U.S. public or private real estate by any members of the CCP," said Roy during an interview
with The Spectator World
. He further stated:
"In their quest for global domination, China has been buying up land and strategic infrastructure all over the world and in the United States."
"Direct Chinese investment in the U.S. economy is a major threat to the American way of life and requires that we take serious action to thwart the Chinese Communist Party from ever seizing control of strategically valuable domestic assets in the U.S."
Roy backed up his statements with evidence in his press release. He said that data from the Department of Agriculture
shows that foreign investors, including Chinese ones, control over 35.2 million acres
of agricultural land in the country as of Dec. 31, 2019. The congressman has compared this to owning enough land to cover the state of Ohio.
Chinese investors have a stake in about 191,652 acres. This represents 2.7 percent of all privately held agricultural land and 1.5 percent of all land in the country.
Roy's home state of Texas has the second-highest amount of foreign ownership, with three million acres being owned by foreign investors. He even cites one specific example of a Chinese land purchase in Texas.
One China-based energy corporation has recently purchased over 130,000 acres of land near Laughlin Air Force Base near the small city of Del Rio. The fact that so much land was purchased near a critical defense facility raised a lot of eyebrows.
According to Roy, the Chinese energy corporation is attempting to build a wind farm at the site to access the U.S. power grid. (Related: Biden hands over control of America's power grid to communist China
"If U.S. citizens cannot buy land in China, then CCP members should not be able to buy land in the U.S.," said Roy. "This is a huge national security threat
. We shouldn't allow U.S. land to be under the control of U.S. adversaries."
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Roy's bill would compel the president to stop members of the CCP from purchasing land
Currently, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an inter-agency committee chaired by the Secretary of the Treasury, reviews some purchase agreements
with foreign entities seeking to acquire land in the country.
If Roy's bill passes, it will demand that President Joe Biden take whatever action is possible
to prohibit any further purchase of land in the U.S. by members of the CCP.
This proposed ban covers all 50 states and Washington, D.C. It also includes the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and American Samoa.
Roy's bill was co-authored by Reps. Lance Gooden and Randy Weber of Texas and Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado, all of whom are Republicans.
The bill does not go into detail about who is considered a member of the CCP. According to information from Chinese news outlets, around one in every 15 individuals in China is considered a member of the communist party. CCP members potentially include everyone from fishermen, herdsmen, entrepreneurs, intellectuals and politicians.
The congressman's office has not responded to queries to expound on who the bill considers a member of the CCP.
This bill was submitted right after the Senate voted to approve legislation that would increase investment in American science and technology programs. These are meant to combat China's continued rise in these fields. The bipartisan legislation
, known as the Innovation and Competition Act, provides $200 billion in funding for American scientific and technological advancements for the next five years.
Roy's bill also comes after Biden signed an executive order extending and expanding former President Donald Trump's ban on Americans investing with certain Chinese companies. The blacklist now includes 59 corporations
with ties to China's surveillance industry and the military-industrial complex.
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