The Trump administration is banning imports of clothing, certain cotton products and computer parts from a region of China where more than a million Muslim-minority Uighurs are being held in detention camps because of concerns about forced labor, according to reports.
Customs and Border Protection on Monday issued “Withhold Release Orders” halting imports from companies that make apparel, cotton and linen fabrics, hair products and computer parts in the Xinjiang region.
It also froze imports from a manufacturing facility in a “re-education” center that serves as a concentration camp where Uighurs are forced to work.
“These are not the first WROs the U.S. has issued on Chinese goods, and I can tell you I’m absolutely confident they’re not going to be the last,” CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said Monday, Politico reported.
Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said the Trump administration is weighing a wider ban and rejected Chinese Communist Party claims that the facility is a “vocational”