The article basically states that the 6.5 million files were generated decades ago, back when they still used paper as their main database. It is true that this could be time consuming. But then, don't we need full time jobs? It's interesting that where there is an obvious need, and a no brainer for job creation, we are told we don't want to do it because it would be too time consuming and cost to much. And yet it is costly to ignore it, considering that an estimated $5.8 billion in fraudulent tax refunds happened in 2013 because of identity theft. It may be costly and time consuming to do the work, but it's also very costly not to.
I personally think the reason for not reforming this is because a chunk of that $5.8 billion are not just from illegal immigration or simply thugs. If that were true, there'd be a lot of rich thugs and immigrants on the street. Rather, there are people that are "legitimate" in the eyes of the law because they haven't been caught yet, such as those that cheat on their taxes. Some of them may even be considered pillars of the community, and people are covering up for them. Or, they are you mom and pop who fudge a little here and there because they feel they can't live on the pension plans or 401 K plans they are on, which is also true and comes about due to these issues of fraud and not taking the time to sort through and reform or replace the system we have currently. Maybe it could be possible to change this if we gave a mercy credit or jubilee wherein people that come out and confess their fraud are given clemency, it may be possible to change things. But, though we once were a Christian nation, forgiveness is not a strong point in our government, nor in our society.