Sunday, May 16, 2010

Suspected Squatters Cite Obscure Law To Stay In Home - News Story - WFTV Orlando

Discussions of Squatters usually create a mental picture of dwellings reflecting sub-standard conditions such as those found in places known as 'shantytowns.'

(Carolyn Schaefer/Getty Images)

However, with assistance from groups like 'Take back the Land,' squatters could find themselves housed in luxurious estates like this.

Way back in March, I posted on this blog an entry entitled: "Foreclosed homes in America--Future lodging for illegals!" The gist being, use for all these foreclosed homes might be extended one day to illegal aliens. The observation was somewhat tongue in cheek, but in today's upside down society, it did seem rational to me.

On May 13th in Deltona, Florida a woman and her seven children were forced to leave a 3900 sq. ft. vacant home. She protested the ouster after citing a little known state laws known as Adverse Possession. (In other words, she just made claim to the empty house, because she needed housing for her family, the house was there, so she moved in). The average person is not going to have knowledge of an obscure law such as this, therefore they are supplied information with tactic from groups such as Take back the Land. (Listen to and view this woman's comments here).

This is a process being promoted by a Miami based group known as TAKE BACK THE LAND*. Basically they illegally move people into foreclosed/bank owned homes, saying it is their right to have shelter. This obviously is outrageous, but dovetails with my prediction of what was to come at the absurd end of the illegal alien problem in this country.

*Tale back the land--according to Wikipedia

Take Back the Land is an American organization based in Miami, Florida devoted to rehousing homeless people in foreclosed houses.[1][2] Take Back the Land was formed in October 2006 to build the Umoja Village Shantytown on a plot of unoccupied land[3] to protest gentrification and a lack of low-income housing in Miami. The group began opening houses in October 2007[4] and moved six homeless families into vacant homes in 2008.[1] By April 2009, the group had moved 20 families into foreclosed houses.[5] As of November 2008[update], the group had ten volunteers.[6] Take Back the Land volunteers break into the houses, clean, paint and make repairs, change the locks, and help move the homeless families in. They provide supplies and furniture and help residents turn on electricity and water. Though the occupations are of contested legality, as of December 2008[update] local police officers were not intervening, judging it to be the responsibility of house owners to protect their property or request assistance.[2]

In some states, 'a landlord who is aware of squatters living in a house and does nothing to get rid of them may be viewed as implicitly agreeing with their presence '[source: SFTU].

Groups like 'Take back the Land' may have good intentions, however, as in the case of foreign individuals crossing our American borders and setting up residency without proper documentation--both practices are ILLEGAL and must be stopped.

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