The Trump administration moved to block substantially more imports from the Xinjiang region of China, where approximately 1 million Uighur Muslims are forced to manufacture goods in “concentration camps,” according to homeland security officials. 

Ken Cuccinelli, who Is the Senior official performing the duties of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy secretary, told reporters in a press call Monday afternoon that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers (CBP) who screen imports at ports of entry will block items made at any of five locations in China. 

Although the Chinese government claims the sites are vocational skills and training centers or workplace facilities, Cuccinelli said, “This is not a vocational center. It is a concentration camp, a place where religious and ethnic minorities are subject to abuse and forced to work in heinous conditions with no recourse and no freedom.”  “This is modern-day slavery. President Trump has been very clear: This administration will not tolerate the egregious human rights violations that are taking place in China,” Cuccinelli added.

“Illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of modern-day slavery will not be tolerated in the U.S. supply chain,” said acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan.  “For those people and entities who traffic in these despicable practices, know that every CBP officer who reviews cargo information is looking to keep these products out of the United States economy.” 

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