Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
April 7, 2006
Contact: Kenneth Besserman, 512-463-0113

Senator Rodney Ellis Encourages Students to Stay in School During the April 10th Coalition March

Houston, TX - Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis and Houston City Council Member Carol Alvarado, along with CRECEN, AFL-CIO, NALEO and various other organizations and elected officials, will hold a news conference Friday April 7, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of City Hall to promote the April 10th Coalition March.

At the news conference, Senator Ellis will strongly discourage local students from skipping school to attend the march. "The students are to be commended for their dedication to justice, but not at the expense of their own education," Ellis said.

"Students need to stay in school and focus on their studies. With a solid education the young people in our country will be able to work for truth and justice more effectively in the future. Building future leaders is key to advancing the rights of all, including immigrants, and education is key to making that a reality," he added.

Ellis is one of Houston's strongest advocates for balanced immigration laws that do not criminalize immigrants and those who assist them. "We need to have secure borders, but it must be done in a manner that leads immigrants to obtaining legal status in the U.S., building up the labor and workforce we need and reduce the burden on the immigration government system." Ellis said.