The purchase of farmland near North Dakota’s Grand Forks Air Force Base by the Chinese manufacturer Fufeng Group late last year, seems to have finally ignited serious opposition from lawmakers.
Texas Republican Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), introduced the “Securing America’s Land from Foreign Interference Act” to prevent the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from owning land in the United States.
A statement from Roy’s office about the legislation reads the Act “…will ensure that United States 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 or any entity under the control or influence of the CCP.”
“There is no reason we should allow one of our greatest adversaries- the Chines Communist Party – to buy up land in the United States. China is not our friend; they want to dominate us and destroy our way of life; we need to wake up and start acting like it,” Roy added.
In 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released data showing Chinese owners controlled about 195,000 acres of land in the U.S. worth close to $1.9 billion. The same report estimated nearly 40 million acres of U.S. farmland, roughly the size of the state of Ohio, are controlled by foreign investors.
On September 25, 2022, 51 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Biden’s three cabinet secretaries Austin, Yellen,