Funding credits for E-Verify prompt complaints

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Underwriting credits for the Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify program, an electronic database that allows companies to verify employment eligibility of new hires, have stirred up objections from listeners and some station managers, reports NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard. The credits, which began running last month, create the perception of a conflict of interest between NPR’s news coverage and funding relationships. “It just makes you a little queasy,” says Sean Collins, executive producer of Latino USA, a weekly series that is also carrying the spots. “I don’t think we do a good enough job of reiterating the concept of a firewall. It really does exist.”