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. The repeal of the Alien Land Law passed through the CRC and will appear on the November 6, 2018 ballot as CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT NO. 11. 60% voter approval is required for adoption.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
ARTICLE I, SECTION 2
ARTICLE X, SECTIONS 9, 19

                PROPERTY RIGHTS; REMOVAL OF OBSOLETE PROVISION; CRIMINAL 74 STATUTES.—Removes discriminatory language related to real property rights. Removes obsolete language repealed by voters. Deletes provision that amendment of a criminal statute will not affect prosecution or penalties for a crime committed before the amendment; retains current provision allowing prosecution of a crime committed before the repeal of a criminal statute.

How Can I Help?

Download the Advocacy Toolkit

  1. Learn about the Alien Land Law
  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. Amendment No. 11 – Read the proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on the Florida CRC website

Contact the Commissioners on the Constitution Revision Commission

Contact your Florida State Senator and Representatives

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