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Kildee, Neal, Pascrell, Blumenauer Urge Customs and Border Protection to Stop Products Entering U.S. Made with Forced Labor

June 10, 2021
Press Release
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and member of the Ways and Means Committee, along with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (MA-01), Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Bill Pascrell (NJ-09) and Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), today sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requesting it take strong enforcement action to block products containing polysilicon made with forced labor in Xinjiang, China from entering the U.S.
 
“CBP has yet to take a single enforcement action, even though it received allegations more than seven months ago and suggested imminent enforcement action nearly three months ago. CBP has had sufficient time to review the disturbing facts regarding forced labor and polysilicon production in Xinjiang—we believe it is time to act,” the letter reads in part.
 
Below is the full text of the letter:
 
Acting Commissioner Miller:
 
We write to respectfully request that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immediately take aggressive enforcement actions regarding polysilicon products entering the United States from Xinjiang, China.
 
In response to detailed allegations regarding the prevalence of forced labor in polysilicon production in Xinjiang, CBP sent a letter to Members of Congress in December 2020 confirming that it will investigate such allegations and take all appropriate follow up action. In a subsequent briefing with congressional offices of Ways and Means members working in February 2021, CBP asserted that enforcement actions regarding polysilicon were forthcoming. However, CBP has yet to take a single enforcement action, even though it received allegations more than seven months ago and suggested imminent enforcement action nearly three months ago. CBP has had sufficient time to review the disturbing facts regarding forced labor and polysilicon production in Xinjiang—we believe it is time to act.
 
There is overwhelming evidence of the use of forced labor in polysilicon production that we believe exceeds the standard for acting in accordance with Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. §1307). CBP must act quickly to enforce our laws prohibiting the use of forced and slave labor from entering our country. Our government cannot sit idly by. We need you to take strong action. American jobs, our economy and our values are at stake.
 
Sincerely,
 
Dan Kildee
 
Richard E. Neal
 
Bill Pascrell
 
Earl Blumenauer