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How the violence in Honduras extends beyond its borders

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Josefa Rafaela Garcia Mejia
In this photograph taken Jan. 5, 2012, Josefa Rafaela Garcia Mejia, 44, of Jersey City, N.J., poses with a portrait of her son, Josue Rafael Orellana Garcia, who she claims was killed by gang members in their native Honduras in July 2011. Garcia and her attorney Joshua Bardavid are trying to get posthumous asylum to honor Orellana, who allegedly was shot by gang members shortly after he was deported from the U.S.
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Pay or Die” is the headline on Sonia Nazario’s latest piece for the New York Times.

The title is blunt, but nowhere near the most harrowing part of this piece.

The Pulitzer prize-winning journalist describes the situation facing the citizens of Honduras as "rocket fuel" for migration. Nazario wrote:

What most pushes people to despair about the country’s future — and ultimately drives them to leave — is corruption, the sense that everything is rotten and unlikely to get better. The corruption is what allows all the other bad things to happen. It allows gangs to impose a reign of terror. It allows 9 in 10 murderers to get away with their crimes. It fuels poverty: Politicians steal 30 percent to 40 percent of all government revenues, by some estimates, crippling schools, hospitals and highways.

Nazario joined MPR News with Kerri Miller for a conversation about the intersection of the political landscapes in Honduras and the United States.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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