U.S. Congressman Paul Cook | In The News
District Update | January 31, 2017
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 Congressman Cook Issues Statement on Temporary Immigration Ban

Congressman Paul Cook issued the following statement on the temporary immigration ban.

"The President took action over the weekend in an effort to keep Americans safe by issuing a temporary ban on immigration and travel for individuals from seven countries. Previously, these seven countries were identified as "countries of concern" under the Obama administration. A December 2015 law, signed by former President Barack Obama and passed with bipartisan support in Congress, ended visa-free travel from those same seven countries due to the threat of terrorism. President Trump’s actions are built on this foundation.

Specific intelligence gathered prior to President Trump taking office demonstrates that ISIS is attempting to infiltrate the United States through our immigration and refugee channels in order to carry out attacks on our soil. We’ve seen attacks in Europe by terrorists posing as refugees, and the President was not willing to make the same mistakes here. Many of the countries included in the temporary ban have failed governments or are suffering from immense internal conflict. Amid failing governments and civil wars, there is often no way to verify the true identity of an applicant seeking to immigrate to the United States. Other countries included in the temporary ban, such as Iran and Sudan, are governed by regimes that sponsor terrorism directly.

That being said, I urge the President to take another look at the implementation of this temporary ban to ensure that individuals who have already been vetted and have valid green cards or visas are protected. I’m encouraged by Secretary Kelly’s announcement last night that holders of green cards would not be denied entry into the United States and hope that he and the President will take a look at other aspects of the order to ensure that it minimizes disruption. The bottom line is that this is a temporary measure while the administration implements new security and vetting procedures to keep the American people safe."

Victorville City Library is now a Passport Acceptance Agency

The Victorville City Library is pleased to announce that it now accepts passport applications on behalf of the United States Department of State.   

United States citizens planning international travel may now apply for their passports by appointment at the Victorville City Library.  Appointments are available Monday through Saturday, but must be scheduled in advance by calling the Library at Victorville City Library at (760) 245-4222, ext 3.

There is a $10 fee for passport photos, and other fees apply for processing documents.  These fees are payable by check or money order.  Residents should visit the U.S. Department of State official website at www.travel.state.gov for passport information, application forms, documentation requirements, fees, and other useful passport and international travel information.  Forms are also available at the Library. 

“In addition to giving our community access to great books and excellent programs, the Victorville City Library will now have the ability to accept passport applications as well as take passport photos.  We are very excited to be able to offer another great service to the Victor Valley,” stated Karen Everrett, Victorville City Librarian. 

Any resident of the area who is a United States citizen may use the passport services at the Victorville City Library.  The service is not limited to just Victorville residents.

The Victorville City Library is located at 15011 Circle Dr., Victorville, CA 92395.  The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.  Friday hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information on all services offered by the Victorville City Library, call (760) 245-4222.

 Victorville State of the City Address February 1
The Victorville State of the City Address is scheduled at 7:30 am on February 1 at the Victorville Conference Center.  

You'll hear the defining stories from 2016 in key areas such as economic growth, retail expansion, improved infrastructure and community strength that foretell the City's promising future.

To register for the event, Click Here

Victorville Rotary Richard O'Keefe "Service Above Self" Awards
My Field Representative, Wasey Noori, presented certificates recognizing the Victorville Rotary Club's 2017 O'Keeffe Memorial Public Safety "Service Above Self" awards. Congratulations to Andy Glen, Mara Rodriguez, Norma Alvaraz, Leonardo Lara and Drew Brown for receiving this years awards in each area of their respected areas.     

My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Veteran Job Fair February 2nd in Riverside 

There is a Veterans Job Fair on February 2, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located at 3485 Mission Inn Ave in the Riverside Municipal Auditorium. 

To register for the Job Fair,Click Here

For information regarding Amazon's Veteran Hiring Process, Click Here

Veterans Express Transit System (V.E.T.S.) in Victorville to Loma Linda VA 

V.E.T.S. is  a  free   transportation service starting January 9, 2017, provided by VA Loma  Linda Health Care System,  to assist Veterans with round-trip  transportation to the VA Loma Linda for medical appointments.

The V.E.T.S. program has collaborated with local community  partners,   including the Victorville Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) to coordinate the pick-up point at the Victorville Transfer Point (VTP) in Victorville on Lorene Drive between Valley Center Drive and 7th Street. It is situated adjacent to Interstate 15 behind Costco.

Reservations Must be made 24 hours in advance. Please call V.E.T.S Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at (800) 741-8387 or (909) 825-7084, ext. 6475.

-    Reservations for transportation can be scheduled no more than (2) weeks in advance of your scheduled medical appointment, but must be made by 1 p.m. of the business day prior to the scheduled appointment

-    The bus runs Monday -Friday, except on holidays.

-    The bus will arrive at VA Loma Linda Medical Center at approximately 9:15 am. and will depart promptly at 3:00 p.m.

-    To avoid inconvenience for other passengers and to expedite departure, we emphasize a cut-off time of 1 p.m. for your medical appointments

For more information, Click Here  

San Bernardino County Veterans Affair Service Representative in Yucca Valley and 29 Palms
San Bernardino County Veterans Affair will have a service representative each week in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. 

The service representative will be present in Yucca Valley each Tuesday from 8:30-3 p.m. at 56357 Pima Trail Yucca Valley, CA 92284. Every Wednesday a service representative will be present in Twentynine Palms at 73629 Sun Valley Dr. Twentynine Palms, CA 92277.

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14955 Dale Evans Parkway
Apple Valley Town Hall
Apple Valley, CA 92307
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