Pop quiz for you aspiring journalists. Here's the scenario...you don't like the State's Employer Sanctions law and the cornerstone of that law is its reliance on the "E Verify" system. If you can create doubt about E Verify, you can undercut the entire system.
Then you get a chance to report on this scenario:
100 people apply through E Verify.
The system correctly determines that 93 of them are legal.
The system also correctly determines that a little over 3 of them are illegal.
The system fails to spot that a little over 3 of them who are illegal and stole the identities of real people who are legal.
How would you report that?
How about this? "Fifty-four percent of the illegal workers whose names were run through the program nationwide were wrongly found to be authorized to work,"
Isn't that incredible? The system is 97% accurate. It verified all the legal people and it verified all the illegal people who tried to get through by using fake name or using their real names. The only people it missed were those who stole a real ID and ran it though--that's because the system simply checks to see if the ID is legal.
However, the Republic story implies that E Verify has a 50% error rate. The reporter then compounds the damage by going to a bunch of policy makers and asking them to comment on the implications of having such inaccurate system.
Why not simply say that the system has an accuracy rate that exceeds 97%, but has a glitch if people steel a real ID? That wouldn't be a sexy story and it wouldn't undercut the program...that's why the reporter didn't do it.
Two more points that make the reporter's agenda journalism more flagrant. The first is that the glitch is easy to fix. Someone one either end of the system--either the employer, or the E Verify technician simply needs to compare the pictures on the ID. After all, the E Verify location has the picture of the real person and the employer has the picture of the impostor on the fake ID. Comparing them is easy and would eliminate the problem. E Verify plans to implement this step.
The second fact that Daniel Gonzales failed to discuss is the number of illegal aliens who didn't even bother to apply for jobs because they knew that e verify would catch them. After all, the system flagged EVERY illegal worker who did not steal a real person's ID. ID Theft is a serious crime so there must be a lot of people who simply didn't bother to apply. But again, that doesn't fit the narrative.
Agenda Journalism folks...and they wonder why people don't trust them...