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Stories of the Past: Thursday, July 26, 2001

July 26, 2001

50 years ago — The Justice Department warned Congress that "tens of thousands" of illegal immigrants are expected to flood in soon from Mexico and asked for several more detention centers to handle them. Imperial Valley's detention center has kitchen and dormitory facilities for 350 men.

40 years ago — The Westmorland City Council told its Police Department to "hit the highway" and concentrate on traffic to increase city revenues. But Police Chief Melvin McGill said, "I'm not going to make a speed trap out of Westmorland, not as long as I'm chief."

30 years ago — The tail end of sugar beet harvest in Imperial County has come to a near standstill for a number of growers with the rail tie-up arising from the Southern Pacific Railroad strike. Union Sugar Co. growers report about 50,000 tons of sugar beets still have to be harvested.

20 years ago — The Brawley Parks and Recreation Department will conduct the 1981 Women's Home Run Tournament starting Aug. 7 with competition on the Beechey Field Diamond. The tournament will feature one-on-one action over a seven-inning distance. Each inning consists of three pitches, thrown by a pitcher of each entrant's choice.

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