The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida

Toolkit: Repeal the Alien Land Law

Support the Repeal of the Alien Land Law from the Florida Constitution

Article I, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, Florida’s “Equal Protection” Provision, establishes the equality of all persons under Florida law and delineates the basic inalienable rights guaranteed to all natural persons. Among the inalienable rights guaranteed under Article I, Section 2, are the right to acquire, possess, and protect property; however, the Florida Constitution carves out an exception which authorizes the Legislature to regulate or restrict property rights of “aliens ineligible for citizenship.” This provision is commonly referred to as an “Alien Land Law.” Alien Land Laws were adopted by several states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to bar certain nationalities of immigrants from acquiring land.

The Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) convenes once every 20 years to examine the Florida Constitution and propose changes for voter consideration. Currently, the CRC has reconvened and is considering proposed constitutional amendments, including PROPOSAL No. CS/P 3, for the repeal of the Alien Land Law. If passed by the CRC, the proposal will be placed on the ballot at the November 6, 2018 General Election.  60% voter approval is required for adoption.

How Can I Help?

Download the Advocacy Toolkit

  1. Template Letter – Send a letter to the members of the Constitution Revision Commission
  2. Alien Land Law Brochure – Print and disseminate the Alien Land Law Brochure (*Note the brochure should be printed on legal size paper and folded in fourths)
  3. Proposal No. CS/P 3 – Learn about the Alien Land Law and why it needs to be removed from the Florida Constitution

Track Proposal No. CS/P 3

Contact the Commissioners on the Constitution Revision Commission

Contact your Florida State Senator and Representatives

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