Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCOVID-19District 11Farm ShareFeed the Need FloridaFood DistributionSenator Randolph BracyThe Experience Christian Center Previous articleWith available beds plentiful, Florida hospitals seek to resume elective surgeriesNext articleTry out Las Vegas’ online betting sites when you’re in the Sin City next! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From the Office of Senator Randolph Bracy, District 11 (Apopka’s District)With the coronavirus (COVID-19) still spreading and threatening many of our livelihoods, State Senator Randolph Bracy will host a food distribution event to serve his constituents in Central Florida during this critical time.Senator Bracy and his event partners will be delivering enough food to feed over 500 families. Some of the items to be distributed include: fresh fruit and vegetables, water, assorted non-perishable items and much more.Out of an abundance of caution, constituents can only drive through in a car while staff and volunteers load up each vehicle.Senator Bracy is grateful to have the opportunity to serve his constituents and strongly appreciates Farm Share and Feed the Need Florida’s support to Florida Senate District 11.WHERE: 5230 Indian Hill Road, Orlando, FL 32808WHEN: 10am – 1pm on Friday, April 24th, 2020WHO: State Senator Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)The Experience Christian CenterFarm ShareFeed the Need Florida Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
“COPY” Year: Architects: Kariouk Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/409193/westboro-homes-paul-dubellet-kariouk Clipboard Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/409193/westboro-homes-paul-dubellet-kariouk Clipboard 2013 Save this picture!Courtesy of Kariouk Associates+ 21 Share Manufacturers: Andersen Windows & Doors, Arriscraft, Cape Cod, Ceragres, Gaggenau, Savant, Granite, Oak Hill, Town & Country FireplacesSave this picture!Courtesy of Kariouk AssociatesRecommended ProductsWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodLunawoodThermowood Facades DESIGN CHALLENGE: Save this picture!Courtesy of Kariouk AssociatesThe site for this home was a narrow lot in a downtown neighborhood, which carried with it extensive code limitations on side windows. A further challenge was negotiating the difference in grade between the two neighbouring lots:an already steeply sloping site, the neighbours to the West raised their rear yard an additional 1.5m, ultimately creating a difference in neighbouring lot heights of approximately 2.5mDESIGN RESPONSE:Save this picture!Courtesy of Kariouk AssociatesThe design of the home revolves around a two storey, light-filled raised garden courtyard. The garden takes a “bite” out of the tight, permissible building area, however it allowed for an extensive amount of glass that otherwise, due to restrictive building code requirements, would not be possible. The courtyard’s lot-line side remains open, while its three interior sides are filled with windows and bring natural light into the heart of the home on both living floors. The courtyard is filled with ornamental plantings, and while it serves as a “daylight-magnet,” it also serves as a lush, visual focus for each of the primary living spaces of the home.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kariouk AssociatesUpon stepping into the foyer, one is immediately presented with a series of linked views that unite the very front of the home to the very back of the property. The opposing wall of the interior foyer is entirely glass and shows the exterior, raised garden courtyard; this view continues through the courtyard and joins the interior of the formal dining room; this view then extends to an exterior garden bridge over the lower rear yard that ultimately joins visually to the interior of a three-season reading pavilion set in the rear yard.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanA sense of privacy is created, despite the numerous and large windows that were achieved, as the main living areas begin a full-flight above street level;a slate and glass entry stair and walkway create a generous arrival point for visitors. Likewise, the entry stair/foyer volume is clad in white masonry in order to visually advance and welcome visitors towards the walkway (while the volume housing primary living spaces as well as the garage below is clad in black clapboard in order to recede from the sidewalk). A continuous visual and spatial gap cuts entirely through the home between the light and dark volumes; an open-riser stair is inserted into that void, set against the backdrop of the garden courtyard.Project gallerySee allShow lessScaled Back House / ROOVICESelected ProjectsVan Alen Institute Announces Ground/Work Competition FinalistsArchitecture News Share CopyAbout this officeKariouk ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOttawaWoodHousesCanadaPublished on August 01, 2013Cite: “Westboro Home / Kariouk Associates” 01 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Private Residence No. 555 / FLXBL Design ConsultancySave this projectSavePrivate Residence No. 555 / FLXBL Design Consultancy Photographs CopyAbout this officeFLXBL Design ConsultancyOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationSustainabilityAhmedabadOn FacebookIndiaPublished on July 03, 2020Cite: “Private Residence No. 555 / FLXBL Design Consultancy” 02 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Barry BondsExcerpted from Facebook.Colin Kaepernick is a great example of an athlete who is politically active and a true leader of the anti-racist struggle.However, we should not forget what was done just a decade ago to Barry Bonds by the racist USA ruling class.While Kaepernick is a truly gifted athlete, Barry Bonds was the greatest Home Run King in the history of Major League Baseball.The MLB Home Run King is, along with the heavyweight boxing champion, considered the highest individual sports accomplishment in U.S. athletics.Barry Bonds was not politically active. He is, however, Black and was disliked by the corporate media because he did not curry favor with the white corporate media. As a result, the white corporate media treated him with almost complete disrespect!As Bonds’ home runs piled up, so did the attacks of the white corporate media pile up. He was never proven to have used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Bonds was subject to frequent, unannounced urine tests for PEDs, over the last several years of his baseball career, but nothing was ever found, as his home runs continued to mount.What could the corporate team owners do to punish him?They could get no evidence from the urine tests to officially banish him from MLB to stop his relentless smashing of the Home Run records.In 2007, Barry Bonds had a typically great season. He was, in my analysis of hitter performance, the very best hitter in the National League, and only Alex Rodriguez (another victim of the steroid witch hunt) in the American League, bettered Bonds’ performance, but only by a single point.In 2008, Barry Bonds was, like Kaepernick, denied employment. No MLB team would offer him a contract!It is ridiculous to believe that there was not a general agreement among the corporate team owners to deny employment to the very best hitter in the game!The witch hunt against Barry Bonds involved the slanderous attack on his accomplishments involving claims of steroid use.The claim, however, that home runs and improved baseball performance were steroid induced, has no basis in science.When Babe Ruth started hitting enormous numbers of home runs a century ago, the corporate media came up with the false claim that a “lively ball era” had been introduced, a period in the 1920s when baseball popularity exploded. Nothing of the sort had happened. Smaller ballparks that induced hitters to “swing for the fences” was what actually happened.Likewise, in the 1990s, as the homers increased all around MLB, with Bonds leading the way, a new “lively ball” excuse was found in steroid use.No proof was needed that it was the actual cause of the increase in home runs in order to induce a frenzied witch hunt.‘McCarthyite” congressional-staged hearings dragged some of the greatest home run hitters in front of the national corporate media, headed up by Sen. John McCain, a buddy of President George W. Bush, the owner of the Texas Rangers MLB team.As a result, a frenzy against steroid use was created, and the great home run hitters of the era were convicted without a scintilla of proof that steroids were the cause of the increase in home runs!The single “proof,” repeatedly offered by the racist corporate media, were that steroids were the cause of the home run increase at an all-time high.That sole “proof” came crashing down last year during the 2017 season when MLB had the highest home run totals in history!So where’s the proof NOW?NOWHERE!The home run “explosion” was a product of smaller ballparks and the expansion of the MLB into Colorado and Arizona, the two most “hitter friendly” ballparks, along with players realizing that hitting home runs was what would give them more notoriety and bigger paychecks.Isn’t that just like what happened at the time of Babe Ruth?While Barry Bonds was performing at such a high level in the public eye, the most destructive and viciously slanderous attacks he was subject to must be viewed as completely racist!Bonds was defenseless against these vicious and racist attacks. That simple fact makes him a victim of racism that we are required to defend.Barry Bonds should be revered for his amazing athletic accomplishments!We must never forget what was done to him!We must continue to defend the MLB players of that era from the stigma that has been heaped upon them!Barry Bonds was, in player performance, this era’s Babe Ruth!The refusal of the corporate media to acknowledge Barry Bonds’ greatness and their refusal to vote Barry Bonds into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a racist act that must not be left unanswered!The only asterisk next to Barry Bonds’ name in the Major League Baseball record book should be an asterisk stating that his home run numbers would have been EVEN GREATER had the corporate team owners not decided to deny a contract to Barry Bonds for the 2008 season.Do not allow ANYONE to denigrate the MLB players from the falsely proclaimed “Steroid Era!”You are only playing into the corporate media and corporate team owners’ witch-hunt!Barry Bonds was, and is, the greatest Home Run King of all time! Let’s not let ANYONE deny that!Mike Gimbel, former consultant on player evaluation for the Boston Red Sox and the Montreal Expos (now Washington Nationals), was a pioneer in the use of statistical analysis of Major League Baseball player performance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Make a comment Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Government Chu, Murphy, Feinstein, and Neguse Lead Effort to Block President Trump’s Expanded ‘Muslim Ban’ CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 5:20 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena L-R: Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-2)Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), and several other legislators today introduced bicameral legislation that would block the implementation of President Trump’s recent executive order expanding travel restrictions for Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.The legislation would prohibit funds, resources, and fees made available to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or any other federal agency from being used to implement or enforce the expanded Muslim ban. U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.“The Muslim Ban in every form has been a vehicle for discrimination,” said Chu. “It does not make America safer, but it does keep families apart. The hateful intentions were clear from the start when candidate Trump announced his intentions to ban all Muslims from entering the US. And now we see him expanding his bans in order to do so. America’s vetting system is one of the best in the world, which means we do not need a ban to keep threats out of the country. And we have nothing to fear from keeping families together. That is why I’m proud to introduce this bill to stop this latest version of President Trump’s Muslim Ban.”Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (CO-2) joined Chu.Organizations endorsing the bill include: African Communities Together, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Muslim Advocates, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Amnesty International USA, Council on American- Islamic Relations (CAIR), HIAS, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, National Council of Jewish Women, Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News 15 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS
Email Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State NewsHard line for attacks on emergency servicesBy Bernie English – May 3, 2016 687 Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Good Garda news for Bruff TAGSattacksfirfightersniall collinstoougher penalties Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins says tougher laws are needed to help protect frontline emergency service workers. The Limerick TD says the Government should introduce specific legislation to make it an offence to assault a member of the gardaí, a fire fighter, a paramedic or nurse.Deputy Collins made the comments after Limerick firefighters were assaulted as they responded to a bonfire in the city over the weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The attack on Limerick firefighters as they responded to a fire in Garryowen over the bank holiday weekend is shocking. Unfortunately attacks on firefighters and other members of the emergency services have been on the increase in recent years. It’s nothing short of a disgrace to see a small number of people attack emergency workers as they try to do their jobs,” said Deputy Collins.“It’s been obvious for quite some time that we do not have strong enough legislation in place to protect emergency workers. There have been far too many assaults on emergency workers right across the country in recent years. I’ve long held the view that we need robust legislation in place to prevent such attacks. Fire and foremost there needs to be strong sentencing for those who attack emergency workers. This is the only way to prevent such attacks in the future.“In 2012 Fianna Fáil published the ‘Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill’ which aims to protect those working in the frontline of our emergency services. This legislation proposed a minimum 5 year jail term for anyone convicted of assaulting or threatening the life of an on duty garda, nurse, ambulance worker of fireman. This would send a strong signal that such assaults are unacceptable.“I’ll continue to push for tougher laws to help protect emergency service workers. The message needs to go out loud and clear that it’s utterly unacceptable to attack those working in our emergency services.”[email protected] Twitter Previous article#WATCH Limerick firefighters attacked with rocks and weaponsNext articleNew CEO for Shannon Group Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Facebook WhatsApp Print
Top StoriesAshok Khemka IAS Writes To CJI Against SC Registry For Not Allowing Him To File Reply As Party-in-Person Manu Sebastian11 July 2020 2:19 AMShare This – xAggrieved with the Supreme Court registry for not allowing him to file a reply as propria persona (party in person), Ashok Khemka, IAS officer serving Haryana Government, has written to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, seeking clarifications on the Supreme Court Rules, 2013.The issue pertains to a Special Leave Petition filed by the State of Haryana, challenging a March 2019 judgment of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAggrieved with the Supreme Court registry for not allowing him to file a reply as propria persona (party in person), Ashok Khemka, IAS officer serving Haryana Government, has written to the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde, seeking clarifications on the Supreme Court Rules, 2013.The issue pertains to a Special Leave Petition filed by the State of Haryana, challenging a March 2019 judgment of the P&H HC which expunged adverse remarks made by Chief Minister ML Khattar in his Personal Appraisal Report (PAR).On receiving notice on the SLP, Khemka dispatched his reply along with an application to appear propria persona through registered post. He asserted that he was following the same practice which he had adopted earlier in another SLP in 2018. The Registry had then duly accepted his reply. Contrary to such precedent, the Registry refused to accept the reply in the SLP filed by Haryana Government. Refusing to accept the reply sent by post, the Assistant Registrar sent him a letter stating that the reply had to be filed at the Filing Counter. Order VIII, Rules 6(1) and 6(2) of the Supreme Court Rules 2013 were cited in support of the letter.Following that, Khemka appeared before the Filing Counter to submit the reply. However, the Registry refused to accept stating that to file reply as party-in-person, he had to first get permission to appear as prorpria persona in terms of Order IV, Rule 1, proviso of the SC Rules 2013. He was also refused entry pass to enter the Registrar’s Court citing the same reason.Though he filed the application seeking permission to move as prorpria persona, the Registry refused to accept it stating that the copy of the application had to be served on the opposite side.In such circumstances, Khemka had to engage an Advocate on Record, “under duress”, to submit the reply.After that, he sent a representation to the CJI, stating that the actions of the Registry were based on a misinterpretation of the SC rules. He highlighted that the SC Registry had earlier interviewed him in 2018 and found him fit to present the case himself.Khemka’s representation was summarily rejected by the Assistant Registrar as per communication dated March 18, 2020, asking him to “take necessary steps as per the provisions of Supreme Court Rules, 2013”. P&H HC approachedThis action of SC Registry was challenged by him before the Punjab and Haryana High Court, primarily raising three legal arguments. Firstly, Order VIII, Rule 6 applies only to “plaints, petitions, appeals or other documents”, and does not cover the “reply” filed by the respondent. Therefore, there is no requirement of filing at the counter as regards a “reply” is concerned. He argues that the expression “other documents” in the Rule pertains to annexures, exhibits etc, and does not cover pleadings such as “reply”. Hence, the insistence of Registry for filing at counter is not in accordance with the said Rule. He also mentions the earlier precedent of SC Registry allowing him to file reply through post. It is underlined that the Rules have remained the same then and now. Secondly, the application seeking permission to move propria persona in terms of Order IV, Rule 1, proviso of the SC Rules 2013 is applicable only to the petitioner/appellant and not to the respondent. Also, there is no requirement of serving the copy of such an application on the opposite side, as the opposite side cannot have any say on allowing one to move as party-in-person. Thirdly, no prior permission to file reply as propria persona. Order IV, Rule 1 proviso states that the application for arguing propria persona is to be filed alongwith the petition. Also, such permission is required to “appear and argue” before the Court and not for filing at the counter. He sought a writ in the nature of certiorari to quash the letter of Assistant Registrar on March 18, 2018. Further, he sought a writ in the nature of mandamus to direct the consideration of his representation by the Supreme Court on the administrative side. He also sought to strike down the condition that application to appear as party-in-person must be served on the opposite side.He stated that his representation was never placed before the CJI, as per the information revealed through RTI Act. The petition was later withdrawn from the High Court, with liberty to submit a representation before the CJI on the administrative side.’Unkind predisposition towards intellect and temperance of fellow humans’Following the withdrawal of the petition from HC, he submitted the representation before CJI SA Bobde on June 11, stating that the denial to present his case prorpria persona amounts to an “unkind predisposition towards the intellect and temperance of fellow humans”, he said in the representation.”Any restriction placed upon an individual to represent his own case before a court of law, by placing burden upon him to demonstrate his ability and candour is an impediment upon his right to self defence”, stated the 1991 batch IAS officer in the letter to CJI.”Such procedures distance the accessibility of institutions from their intended beneficiaries and encourage doubts over ‘ivory tower tribunals’ hegemonized by a few”, he stated, highlighting the fact that he is qualified to be an Advocate, having secured LL.B degree.Seeking necessary clarifications on the ambit of the rules, Khemka stated in his representation to the CJI that the “blanket presumption under Order IV Rule 1 of the SC Rules encompassing senior public officials as not being competent to argue in propria persona is logically absurd”.”Once such public officials are presumed to be competent for the nations administration and held accountable for executing the orders of the court, then they must necessarily be presumed capable of assisting the court in their own cases”, read the representation. He raises three points before the CJI :It must be noted that Order IV, Rule 1 proviso mandates the Application for arguing proprio persona to be filed “along with the petitioner”, and not prior to it.Furthermore, the mandate under Order IV, Rule 1, exists only when a party chooses to “appear and argue” before the Court, and not for filing a reply.A party has the processual right to place pleadings and documents before the Court proprio persona, without electing to “appear and argue” propria persona.”It is my audacious hope that you will consider amendments to the Supreme Court Rules 2013, or issue necessary clarifications on the administrative side”, Khemka said concluding his representation. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss.) — A student from Mississippi has been arrested just weeks into the school year after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” his high school, according to authorities.The student, who is just 14 years old, allegedly made the threat on social media Friday night, saying he would “shoot up the school Monday,” Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said. The male student attends St. Martin High School in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast near Biloxi.He is not being named due to his age.The student was arrested Saturday morning, just one day after he made the threat, police said.He is being charged with making a terrorist threat on social media. He is being held at Jackson County Youth Detention Center.The school sent a letter to parents informing them of the incident: “Last night I was alerted of a threat made against SMHS via social media. As always, the threat was taken very seriously and law enforcement became involved. The person making the threat is now in police custody being charged with a felony. As of July 1, the state of MS considers such threats against schools as a terroristic threat,” the letter said according to Biloxi ABC affiliate WLOX-TV.“Although it saddens us that a poor decision could have such a serious impact on a young person’s life, such statements written or uttered WILL NOT be tolerated,” the statement continued. “School safety above everything else is our NUMBER ONE priority.”The school year just started on Aug. 6.There have been a number of shooting threats made online leading to arrests in recent weeks in the wake of shootings in El Paso, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; and Odessa, Texas.Two students, one a middle schooler, were arrested in late August for separate shooting threats in Davie, Florida, and Brandon, Florida. Another was arrested just days earlier in Daytona Beach for a threat made while playing a video game.A 15-year-old girl was arrested in Fresno, California, in mid-August for posting a photo of guns and the warning “Don’t come to school tomorrow” on Snapchat. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
wingedwolf/iStock(WASHINGTON) — Despite President Donald Trump’s aggressive moves to crack down on illegal immigration and his threats to deport “millions,” ABC News has learned total removals over the past year mark only a slight increase from 2018 and remain lower than peak annual totals under President Barack Obama. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed about 260,000 unauthorized immigrants in the 2019 budget year, according to two ICE officials.Police departments of “sanctuary cities” refusing to cooperate with ICE and the resource strain from the humanitarian crisis at the southern border have partly driven the dysfunction within the country’s deportation force, as ICE acting director Matthew Albence explained in the White House briefing room Thursday.“We’ve had to re-deploy our ICE resources to support the Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection with those challenges at the border which has made us less safe,” Albence said.Immigration authorities continue to turn around tens of thousands of asylum seekers at the southern border by limiting access to ports of entry and quickly returning migrants back to Mexico under new protocols critics say limit access to U.S. legal services. But Trump’s vows to deport “millions” already living in the country haven’t yet become a reality.“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted in June. “They will be removed as fast as they come in.”Last year, the Trump administration removed 256,085 unauthorized immigrants from the country. The agency has repeatedly attempted to convince local law enforcement to back its enforcement efforts. The number of unauthorized immigrants removed by ICE hit 409,849 in 2013 under Obama, according to government data.Albence also pointed to a September ruling by a federal judge in California which blocks ICE from using certain information in criminal databases, including fingerprints, to make arrests.Although the agency has eliminated Obama-era enforcement priorities that targeted dangerous criminals first, the vast majority of the unauthorized immigrants removed in the past year have criminal records, Albence said.It’s the second time Albence has taken the podium in recent weeks, flanked by local sheriffs from across the country, and criticizing the local police departments he said aren’t cooperating with his agents.“I don’t think there’s a middle ground for public safety,” Albence said.The chief immigration enforcer said Thursday heightened rhetoric from Democratic politicians continued to cause problems for public safety. But ICE’s critics, and even some law enforcement professionals, place the blame on the White House.“Our interior enforcement efforts have been less focused and less effective,” John Cohen, a former career official with the Homeland Security Department, said. “This administration has focused increasing on non-criminal aliens.”Cohen’s assessment is reflected in recent data. About 15,000 fewer criminal aliens were arrested this year compared to last, as Albence said Thursday.“Their approach and rhetoric has created a wedge between law enforcement agencies across the country,” Cohen said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.