‘Tony Vargas’ Immigration And His Own Laws

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March 24th, 2021

Senator Tony Vargas speaks in the Nebraska Unicameral. (Photo Credit: Nebraska State Senate)

LINCOLN – Tony Vargas represents one of the most diverse districts of Nebraska’s population where 48.52% are Hispanic, 41.49% are white and 6.52% are Black. Since the change in Federal administration, Vargas has not noticed significant changes in his state senate work.

You know my work I will say it hasn’t really changed too much with the new administration and largely it’s because we’re in a holding pattern. We’re waiting to see what, you know, what actually is going to come down our pipeline, Vargas, Said.

Vargas says that the state is on a good track to recovery, especially with the recent large stimulus funding for the state and communities of Nebraska.

I think our country is trying to find ways to bounce back from this pandemic and you know the federal administration is doing their part and we’re trying to do our part too. We can speed up the recovery for our country, Vargas, Said.

Vargas says that for most of the state senate, there is still too much work to do to better understand the needs of the Nebraskans.

And trying to educate my colleagues on some of the things that are affecting different constituencies across the state including my own, Vargas, Said.

A high percentage of the Hispanic population in the state of Nebraska still leads in the labor force in packing houses, construction, fields, and farms.

The new administration has presented an ambitious proposal with which it would manage to adjust the status of thousands of undocumented migrants in the United States. Vargas thinks that this administration could handle this situation differently from the previous administration.

You know, I think that this president campaigned on being more humane and providing more humanity and civility and compassion in the process of which now we treat individuals that are on our borders and some of those policies, I think, are trying to make sure that we are still enforcing the law but also making sure that we’re doing so, you know, with a heart and not separated families, Vargas, Said.

Vargas is also busy making his own laws. Recently he introduced LB637. This bill, if passed, would provide some flexibility to the local health departments in Nebraska.

I fundamentally see this is available control issues that have come up in Douglas County or Lancaster, Hall County and you name it you know Gage County, whatever County, maybe across the state. Urban or rural we need to have some level of local control that helps make sure that we’re protecting those areas. The state of Nebraska is split up into local boards of health. These local boards of health have elected officials on them appointed officials and these individuals were to be responsible with this legislation would have the ability to put in their own directed health measures, Vargas, Said.

During the pandemic, Vargas noted that each local health department in Nebraska behaves differently and that local leaders must make decisions that work best. Vargas said that such measures like LB637 could have saved large amounts of hospitalizations and deaths during this pandemic.

So, I’m hopeful we’re going to be moving on this. We’re working on some amendments right now. Thankfully, helping the service committee and chairman arch because it was a very good hearing and I think that there’s a pathway for us to do something, Vargas, Said.

According to Vargas, local health departments should make their decisions faster and more effectively. He says LB637 would give them the authority to act better and faster on behalf of the residents of each local health department across Nebraska.

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