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Thank you for the July 7 "Interfaith Voices" piece by Abby Terris, who wrote about mistreatment of refugee families, including the sentence, "And we are deluded if we think that our blessings will continue to flow even when we are bringing such harm into the world."

We have allowed such harm to be visited upon Latin America for decades under the auspices of the U.S. Army School of the Americas, which promoted torture and other forms of abuse upon people seeking justice in many countries of that region. Other than its being renamed "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation," its practices have changed little. See Wikipedia for more on "WHINSEC."

As long as Americans purchase illegal drugs and wreak violence by proxy to suppress the aspirations for a better life by many people in Latin America to feed the greed of corporations and their toadies, we are complicit in driving people from intolerable conditions in their homelands.

When will we ever redirect money from such "enterprises" to instead train our displaced workers for new jobs, thereby making room for a better life for us and for immigrant workers? As called for Pope Francis, it is past time for humane treatment of our neighbors along with sustainable development. Heaven forbid the alternative.

James Paul Rodell

Corvallis (July 11)

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