Texas state representative Tony Tinderholt introduced a bill that proposes a ban on admitting students who are a citizen of China or North Korea into Texas colleges and universities.
House Bill 4736 notes that admissions are also prohibited for undocumented students and citizens from Iran and Russia.
San Antonio Express News reported that the bill “has little chance of advancing this session.”
The legislation mirrors similar proposals by Texas Republican legislators, such as Senate Bill 147 which previously sought to restrict land ownership by citizens from the same four countries.
SB 147 now allows dual citizens and legal permanent residents to purchase property, but Asian American groups are still concerned that the bill will legalize anti-Asian discrimination.
“I’m Chinese, but I don’t represent the Chinese government,” Houston Democrat Gene Wu said. “This is an open invite to intentional discrimination — if someone comes to an open house that looks Asian, people are just going to say ‘Why risk it? No Asians.’”
Last year, Texas house candidate Shelley Luther echoed similar sentiments in prohibiting Chinese students from enrolling in Texas universities. Luther proposed that “CCP (Chinese Communist Party) members should not have access to our schools.”
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