Recently, demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Parliament is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the UK might actually want to protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, make it harder - as an illegal immigrant - to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let us say I break into your house. Then, when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave, but I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and done the laundry and swept the floors. In fact, I have done all the things you do not like to do. I am hard working and honest. Well, except for when I broke into your house." According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must also add me to your family's insurance plan, educate my children, pay for all my family's medical and other healthcare needs, and provide many other benefits to me and to my family. My husband will do your gardening and general odd jobs because he, too, is hard-working and honest. Well, except for when we broke into your house. If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends, who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my illegal right to be there. It is only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I am just trying to better myself. I am hard working and honest . . . . . Well, except for the . . . . . um, you know . . . . . the breaking-in part. And what a great deal it is for me! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness and prejudice against house-breakers. I want you to learn my language, so you can communicate with me, because English is too hard for me to learn. Also, you must change the rules in your schools so that my children can wear the clothes I want them to wear, rather than the uniform your children have to wear. Your schools must also provide special foods to my children and your children must eat these foods, too, because I do not want my children eating many of the foods you and your children eat. Otherwise, you must build schools that are especially for my children, and others like them, where they can wear the clothes of my choice, speak the language of my choice, eat the food of my choice and be taught the subjects of my choice. If you are of a different religion to me, you and your children must also learn all about my family's religion, although the schools you build for my children will not teach them about the religion of you and your family. As I am living in your house, you and your family must stop celebrating your own religious festivals but allow me always to celebrate mine. If I break the rules of your house, I should not be subject to the same punishments as your own family because my rules may be different from yours. You should also allow me to vote - in my own language - because I live in your house. Only in the UK could all this happen. Why cannot people see how ridiculous this is?