June 25, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email:



Tom Guild Supports the Recently Announced Policy Directive From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, supports the recently announced policy directive from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  The DHS policy seeks to give limited protection to some undocumented individuals under 30 years old who were brought to the U.S. as children.  Those meeting the requirements of the new directive may avoid deportation or have their deportation proceedings suspended and become eligible to receive a deferral of such deportation actions and to apply for a two year application for work authorization in the U.S.

Under the newly announced policy, those who arrived in the U.S. before age 16, who have been in the U.S. at least five years, are in school or have served in the U.S. military, and are not a threat to national security are eligible to stay in the U.S.

“This newly announced policy beats the suggestions of some politicians who advocate self-deportation, by making immigrants lives in the U.S. so unbearable that they decide to leave our country.  It would be preferable if this do-nothing Congress would do their job and come up with a long-term solution.

In the meantime, this is a sensible and humane way to deal with the innocent children of undocumented immigrants, who were brought to this country and in some cases have no memories of or loyalty to any country other than the United States.  The prospect of deporting 18-year old high school valedictorians, who are aspiring to become our country’s next generation of scientists, doctors and attorneys, is the equivalent of cutting off our country’s nose to spite its face,” said Tom Guild.

Guild added, “There will be those who favor process over humanity.  Some will favor harsh approaches instead of protecting valuable human resources.  Some will not choose to do unto others as they would have us do unto them.  If Congress would simply fulfill its constitutional responsibility to set reasonable immigration policy, stop gap measures would be unnecessary.”

The incumbent congressman in the Fifth District opposes the new DHS initiative.

Implementation of the new policy is set for August 15, 2012.

Guild is currently running as the Democratic Party Nominee for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit