"These extraordinary human rights violations demand an extraordinary response," Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary told reporters. "This is modern-day slavery."The move is the latest by the Trump administration to put pressure on China over the situation in Xinjiang.
Beijing is believed to have detained more than one million people from Xinjiang in recent years, citing security risks. China maintains the internment sites provide job training and education and are necessary to combat terrorist and separatist threats. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and, recent research shows, women have been forcibly subjected to methods of birth control.