de·​port·​able | \ di-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl How to pronounce deportable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of deportable

1 : punishable by deportation deportable offenses
2 : subject to deportation deportable aliens

Examples of deportable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At least 33% of people identified as deportable had minor children who were U.S. citizens. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "'Stop that Black guy' — CBP cops blow whistle on racial profiling at the border," 2 Apr. 2021 The system seems to be tailored more on deciding whether an asylum seeker is deportable from the US or not. Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Quartz Africa, "A wave of US deportations has left the fate of African asylum seekers in the balance," 11 Nov. 2020 These requests are not signed by judges, but by ICE officials who identify non-citizens in local custody who the agency suspects are deportable. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Ex-officials denounce ICE billboards of undocumented immigrants as "wildly inappropriate"," 5 Oct. 2020 The process is an adversarial one, with a goal of determining whether the person is deportable from the United States, not whether that person merits protection. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Who gets asylum? Even before Trump, system was riddled with bias and disparities," 23 Aug. 2020 Refusing to download the app is another deportable offense. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Bahamas reverses course, reopens to Americans with 14-day quarantine, negative COVID-19 test, other restrictions," 31 July 2020 This is the last-ditch claim deportable aliens, especially criminals, will try to make to prolong their case and avoid deportation. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Justice Department targets bogus asylum claims, ending free ticket into US," 11 June 2020 Chea was deported to Cambodia in August 2018 based on non-deportable offenses, Li said. NBC News, "Cambodian refugee who advocates say was wrongly deported returns to U.S.," 29 Feb. 2020 On Monday the Supreme Court will consider if immigrants whom Congress has deemed deportable can seek sanctuary in the courts. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Immigration and the Courts," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of deportable

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deportable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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