Letters: E-Verify; Metrodome
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It's time now for a few corrections. We reported last week on a case before the Supreme Court. At issue is a 2007 Arizona immigration law that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that knowingly hire illegal workers.
SIEGEL: In our report, we repeated something that Justice Stephen Breyer had said while hearing oral arguments. He was talking about the federal database known as E-Verify that allows employers to check the legal status of potential employees.
BLOCK: Well, Justice Breyer said, and so did we, that Congress refused to mandate E-Verify because the system is wrong 20 percent of the time. It turns out that's not quite right. In fact, the latest data show that E-Verify is increasingly accurate. Instead of 20 percent, its miss rate is now roughly 4 percent.
SIEGEL: Well, in our research, we discovered that a future Minnesota senator, Amy Klobuchar, had written an undergraduate thesis on the history of the Metrodome. And I cited a detail from her thesis. I said that she wrote about a collapse of the Metrodome roof in 1991, similar to Sunday's incident.
BLOCK: Well, we were corrected by someone with some old ties to Senator Klobuchar. Jonathan Wood(ph) of Hampden, Maine writes: Her senior essay was from 1982 - I know because we were classmates - and therefore it couldn't have described a 1991 event. On looking at her book, the collapse she described was in 1981. I can find no record of any 1991 collapse.
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