Sens. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are concerned about members of the Chinese Communist Party owning land in America, and they have introduced a bill to do something about it.
Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act came as a response to a 2020 report in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that “foreign persons held an interest in nearly 37.6 million acres of U.S. agricultural land.”
“We cannot continue giving our top adversary a foot in the door to purchase land in the United States and undermine our national security,” Tuberville said in a statement.
The bill would prevent CCP members from buying any new land in the U.S., and would institute penalties for violations.
Republicans are worried that China will use its ownership in U.S. agricultural land to disrupt American supply chains and may also provide national security information.
“Chinese investments in American farmland put our food security at risk and provide opportunities for Chinese espionage against our military bases and critical infrastructure. Instead of allowing these purchases, the U.S. government must bar the Communist Party from purchasing our land,” Cotton said.
Some of the land CCP members have already bought is reportedly close to military bases, and could allow intelligence gathering.
In just 10 years, CCP-owned acreage increased from 13,720 acres to 352,140 acres, Cotton said in a statement.
The increase is alarming, and it makes one wonder if China is purposely trying to gain U.S. land for some subversive purpose.
Certainly, there is not much trust between us and China at this point because of China’s dishonesty around the origin of COVID-19 and other international incidents.
While China is one of our major trading partners, the U.S. is still highly skeptical of its government because of the lack of freedom and human rights abuses it has perpetrated over the last several decades.
Republicans will not be able to pass any law without Democrats’ support until they retake the Senate majority after the midterms, but it’s good to know they are thinking of such matters now and will be ready to act when the time comes.