As the federal case against Hugo and Blanca Diaz whimpers to a close, there’s a need to clear a misconception surrounding the case.
Columbia County government didn’t enable this illegal enterprise. Hugo and Blanca made (much of) their money not by being licensed builders themselves, but by providing workers to licensed builders.
That’s a vitally important distinction. Here’s why:
Licensed builders must obtain a state general contractors license, which among other things requires proof of U.S. citizenship.