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Stuart Will Head Immigration Reform Task Force

BY MARA KNAUB @YSMARAKNAUB

  • Yuma County Supervisor Lenore Loroña Stuart hopes to nudge forward immigration reform in her new role as chairwoman of the National Association of Counties Immigration Reform Task Force Committee.

Stuart accepted the appointment from NACo President Linda Langston on Thursday. Last year, Langston handpicked Stuart to serve as the vice chair to the same task force.

“I’m honored. It’s quite a commitment,” Stuart said of her new appointment.

Although immigration reform is important to all counties and she represents counties across the nation, it’s an issue that is “very near and dear to Yuma,” she noted.

“It’s an issue that our supervisors have been discussing with Arizona representatives. So this will take me a step forward,” she added.

As the chairwoman, Stuart will guide regional leaders in developing policy and delivering the county government message to the federal administration, Congress and the public.

“A great deal of NACo’s strength is in its committees, and that strength is reflected in the commitment and active participation revealed throughout our committee structure,” Langston explained in a letter to Stuart.

Stuart will be responsible for guiding the committee in developing work plans and agendas to form national policy regarding immigration reform. She will report to the NACo Board of Directors with committee decisions and policy recommendations.

With the federal administration engaged in developing policy on a number of issues facing immigration, Stuart will likely be traveling to Washington, D.C., to testify in congressional committees or to promote the American County Platform developed in the NACo Committee process.

Stuart’s goal is that both the U.S. House and Senate come to a consensus.

“I’ll be working with both groups,” she said, noting that she will also sit down with local representatives and growers “and continue the work. Hopefully we can make some changes.”

Stuart is filling the position vacated by Maricopa Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, who resigned to run for Rep. Ed Pastor’s congressional seat.

She is looking forward to “getting my feet in there and working,” Stuart said.

Mara Knaub can be reached at mknaub@yumasun.com or 928-539-6856. Find her on Facebook at Facebook.com/YSMaraKnaub.