Chinese professors warn of ‘culture of fear’ in Florida after DeSantis’ hiring restrictions

After losing his top pick for a postdoctoral assistant to another college, University of Florida professor Zhengfei Guan knew who was to blame: Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Guan, a Chinese national with lawful permanent residence in Florida, and two Chinese Florida International University students filed a lawsuit last month looking to block a law that bans state universities from “agreements” with people from a “country of concern,” including China, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, Russia, North Korea and Cuba. In practice, this has caused public universities to avoid hiring students from those countries for assistantships, the lawsuit alleges.

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