I just heard a story from a friend that I found rather disturbing. My friend is a man that had opened his home to the homeless, raised foster children when he was asked to, and regularly gave to various charities and volunteered for various charitable causes. One day he arrived home from work to find a stranger in his house, sitting in his living room, and eating food from his kitchen. Needless to say, my friend was aghast. The smugness of the visitor was what struck my friend most; the intruder barely acknowledged my friend was there until he was confronted. In response the visitor insisted that he was within his rights – after all, my friend had the room and the food, and his need outweighed any perceived wrong.

My friend was so upset that he immediately called the police. This didn’t seem to deter the visitor at all. To my friend’s surprise, when the police arrived, they refused to remove the visitor from the premises. Even though they acknowledged that what was being done was illegal, they claimed that removing the intruder would cause too much of an uproar – apparently, the rantings of the visitor about his “right” to be there deterred the local police from acting; the Chief of Police in this community had fired police officers who acted in similar situations. My friend was told there was nothing he could do.

This emboldened the intruder who immediately began to lay claims on my friend’s property, sustenance, and money. My friend was speechless and beside himself with anger. When his family came home the intruder began to eye-up his daughter while making more noises about his rights, my friend decided on another course of action. He called the local press.

The press came in interviewed my friend and then interviewed the intruder. To my friends surprise the local radio news that evening lead off with the story about how an “uncompassionate” and “intolerant” resident was berating the homeless in the township. As shocking as this was, some of the members of his immediate family started telling him that he should feel guilty about how much he had, and that the right way to assuage this guilt was to allow the visitor to stay and eat what he wanted, for as long as he wanted.

Throughout the course of this ordeal, the visitor saw fit to remind my friend of his rights and how evil and intolerant my friend was for trying to get him out.

Does this type of presumption on the part of individuals make you angry? This little ficticious story is to give you a taste of what I feel when I see those draped in the Mexican flag demanding their right to the benefits of citizenship and the services provided by our tax money.