The federal takedown of Columbia County contractor Hugo Diaz – an illegal alien who, with his illegal wife with their illegal $1.7 million golf-course mansion harbored other illegals to work in his business – also is one of the largest, if not the largest, asset seizures from an illegal in the nation. Ever.
Part of you can’t blame the Diazes for setting up shop in a country doltish enough to allow such illegality under its nose. But the truth is, Diaz undercut local contractors, forcing some out and apparently enticing others to look the other way to play ball with him just to stay in the game. Until the economy went south.
That means that, even after Diaz and his wife Blanca pled guilty in federal court this week to harboring an illegal immigrant, there are probably more than one or two potential co-conspirators walking around free today, some of them native-born Americans.
How did he get business licenses? Bank accounts? Credit at the best suppliers? Nice cars? A deed to a mansion?
One supposes that’s what happens when an entire nation’s political structure lacks the minimal amount of backbone to enforce its immigration laws.
Diaz is said to be cooperating with authorities. We can only hope that others – besides the illegals caught in Diaz’s web – are eventually called to account.
While Diaz was the kingpin, all the kingpin’s men haven’t been held responsible.
And though we enforce our immigration laws only sporadically in this country, it’s only fair to enforce them fully when we do.