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Sep 17, 2020 Press Release
The whistleblower complaint states that immigrant women in ICE custody were coerced into medical procedures, including hysterectomies.

Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after a nurse, employed at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility, filed a whistleblower complaint stating that immigrant women in ICE custody were coerced into undergoing medical procedures, including hysterectomies.

 

Aug 25, 2020 Press Release

San Diego, CA (August 25, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement in response to San Diego Union Tribune reporting up to 10 hours in border crossing wait times.

Aug 24, 2020 Press Release

San Diego, CA (August 24, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement in response to new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operational changes causing significant increases in wait times at San Ysidro (SYPOE), Otay Mesa and Calexico West Land Ports of Entry

 

Aug 19, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 19, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s attempts to manipulate the elections and their temporary reversal of U.S. Postal Service policies under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

 

Aug 7, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (August 7, 2020) – Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51), along with Reps. Davis (CA-53), Peters (CA-52), Ruiz (CA-36), and Levin (CA-49), introduced the Border Water Quality Restoration and Protection Act of 2020, a companion bill to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) legislation introduced on July 29, 2020.

Jul 31, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after sending a letter addressed to Secretary of the Navy, Kenneth J. Braithwaite, concerning the burning of the USS Bonhomme Richard and how it impacted Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, National City and the surrounding communities.

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2020) – Today, language submitted by Reps. Vargas (CA-51) and Ruiz (CA-36) was included in the Water Resources Development Act for Salton Sea restoration efforts.  The legislation will help carry out water resource development projects and a study for the construction of a perimeter lake to restore the Salton Sea.

Jul 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 28, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a memo indicating that the Trump administration will not accept any new DACA applications. In addition, the memo states that renewals for current DACA recipients will be limited to one year, as opposed to two.   

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is considering an executive order preventing undocumented individuals from being counted in the 2020 Census.

 

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release
REP. VARGAS’ COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SUPPLIES ENHANCEMENT ACT INCLUDED IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2020) – Rep. Vargas’ (CA-51) COVID-19 Emergency Medical Supplies Enhancement Act was included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation clarifies that the President is authorized to exercise authorities of the Defense Production Act to be used for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed to combat and reduce the impact of COVID-19. The amendment is also led by Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), Lori Trahan (MA-3), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), Joe Kennedy (MA-4), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Jason Crow (CO-6), and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29). Reps. Andy Levin (MI-9) and Susan Davis (CA-53) were also cosponsors of the amendment. “I’m very pleased that my legislation was included in the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Rep. Vargas. “The administration must do everything in their power to protect healthcare workers and save as many lives as they can.” The legislation would also require the President to issue a series of public reports on how authorities of the DPA were used and an evaluation of the immediate and future need for materials to address the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation also requires a full explanation of purchases and contracts the administration has signed under the DPA. “It’s long overdue for the President and his administration to create a strategic plan for the production of personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to reduce the impact of COVID-19,” said Rep. Vargas. “My legislation will hold the administration accountable by requiring them to report and monitor the pricing of materials used to combat COVID-19." The legislation also requires the administration to set a target level for each state in terms of testing and creates a point person for improved coordination between the private sector and the federal government. Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. ###

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