de·​port·​able | \di-ˈpȯr-tə-bəl, dē-\

Definition of deportable 

1 : punishable by deportation deportable offenses

2 : subject to deportation deportable aliens

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Unlike most criminal justice policy, though, immigration policy is set by the federal government; the only choices local officials can make are how easy to make the jobs of ICE agents in identifying and apprehending deportable immigrants. Dara Lind, Vox, "County sheriff races in 2018 might be the key to resisting Trump’s immigration plans," 10 May 2018 Republican senators introduced legislation to narrow the scope of this ruling in 2014, complaining that the Barack Obama administration was relying on it as a basis for releasing deportable immigrants. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "President Trump’s claim that Democrats created ‘catch and release’ policies," 4 Apr. 2018 The government’s near complete reliance on data to find deportable immigrants began in 2007 with a project called IDENT, which aimed to match jail booking records against the FBI’s fingerprint database in near real time. Joel Rubin,, "ICE held an American man in custody for 1,273 days. He’s not the only one who had to prove his citizenship," 27 Apr. 2018 Certain kinds of assault convictions have led to removals, and new immigration policies under President Donald Trump have expanded the scope of deportable crimes. Michael Mccann,, "Conor McGregor Faces 12 Criminal Charges Following UFC 223 Media Day Altercation," 6 Apr. 2018 When deportable immigrants are arrested, some go into mandatory detention but some must be released. Tal Kopan, CNN, "Trump presses for options to end 'catch and release' in immigration policy," 6 Apr. 2018 The government is happy to have our unpunctual but deportable bodies. Héctor Tobar, Slate Magazine, "What does it look like when 1 million people are deported all at once?," 24 Jan. 2017 He had been deemed deportable because of prior removals Jeff Gammage,, "After almost a year inside a Philly church, undocumented immigrant leaves sanctuary Wednesday morning," 11 Oct. 2017 But the Executive branch also can’t possibly be expected, or have the resources, to deport every deportable person in sight, and so officials over the years have cited prosecutorial discretion to exercise mercy on a case-by-case basis. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "If Trump Plans to Expose Dreamers to Deportation, He Should Explain the Decision to Houston’s Young Immigrants," 29 Aug. 2017

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1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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