Federal agents never carried out some of the controversial tactics approved as part of a push to boost criminal deportations last year, including a plan to troll state driver’s license records for lists of foreign-born applicants, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency official said Friday. USA TODAY reported Friday that senior immigration officials in Washington had approved several tactics to make sure the government would not fall short of its target of deporting 210,000 convicted criminals in the fiscal year that ended in September. Among the steps agents proposed were mining state driver’s license databases, participating in local police checkpoints, and dispatching more agents to county jails. Records suggest the tactics would have ratcheted up deportations of people who had been convicted only of minor offenses.
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