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On Monday, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders led a group of 16 Republican governors and Louisiana Governor-Elect Jeff Landry to send a letter to the Biden Administration and House and Senate Leadership calling for action to protect the United States from the imminent national security threat created by the Communist Party of China’s (CCP) efforts to amass U.S. land.
The letter addresses recent alarming land purchases made by the CCP including a purchase of 270 acres of land in Michigan located near the Camp Grayling National Guard Facility. As the Biden Administration fails to address the threat at hand, Republican-led states have taken extensive efforts to protect against the imminent security threats by enacting commonsense foreign ownership laws.
In October, Governor Sanders became the first governor in the country to kick a Chinese state-owned company off American farmland, receiving a check for $280,000 from the company for violating Arkansas law.
An excerpt from the letter states:
“For too long, we have allowed dangerous and adversarial governments to infiltrate our country. Our States will tolerate such allowances no longer. The Biden Administration must reckon with the fact that such entities are plain threats to our national security, our farmers, and our citizenry. This is especially true since the CCP enacted a law in 2017 requiring Chinese citizens abroad to collaborate with Chinese security officials on intelligence work—no questions asked.
“We are heartened to see some in Congress advance legislation which would mitigate this threat. And we encourage Congressional action to codify our stance into federal law. Until Congress passes such legislation, we urge the Biden Administration to use all available tools to prevent the continued acquisition of American lands by adversarial foreign governments and entities.”
Led by Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (AR), additional signatories include: Governor Ron DeSantis (FL), Governor Brian Kemp (GA), Governor Brad Little (ID), Governor Kim Reynolds (IA), Governor-Elect Jeff Landry (LA) Governor Greg Gianforte (MT), Governor Jim Pillen (NE), Governor Doug Burgum (ND), Governor Kevin Stitt (OK), Governor Henry McMaster (SC), Governor Kristi Noem (SD), Governor Bill Lee (TN), Governor Greg Abbott (TX), Governor Glenn Youngkin (VA), Governor Jim Justice (WV), and Governor Mark Gordon (WY).