de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) , -pər-\

Definition of deportation

1 : an act or instance of deporting
2 : the removal from a country of an alien whose presence is unlawful or prejudicial

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Examples of deportation in a Sentence

the deportation of the Jews from Spain in 1492

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This conviction can later be used as the basis for future deportation proceedings. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 Shortly after Martinez went down, she was allowed in the building, where Noah cried as Inestroza was detained for deportation proceedings. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Netflix recording of ICE officer shoving lawyer might not be used in investigation," 6 July 2018 That’s good news for people who are in deportation proceedings. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "U.S. Supreme Court limits deportations of immigrants convicted of some crimes," 17 Apr. 2018 After rumors of raids and massive deportation forces, many people told me that things had entered a period of normalcy. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, "Coachella, Underground," 12 Apr. 2018 Overall deportation cases involving immigrants also grew to an all-time high of 19,752 in fiscal 2018, up 30% in two years. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Immigrant Deportations Climb 150% in Two Years in New York City," 21 Feb. 2019 The measure would provide a three-year extension of protections against deportation for 700,000 people covered by the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 2019 The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over changes to the agency’s Risk Classification Assessment (RCA) software, which is used when ICE detains someone for deportation proceedings. Chris Welch, The Verge, "NYCLU sues ICE over changes to immigrant risk assessment algorithm," 12 Dec. 2018 But the Trump administration can’t arrest its way to mass deportation. Dara Lind, Vox, "Jeff Sessions gave Trump the immigration crackdown he wanted," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of deportation

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) \

Kids Definition of deportation

: the removal from a country of a person who is not a citizen


de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpōr-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce deportation (audio) \

Legal Definition of deportation

: an act or instance of deporting specifically : the removal from a country of an alien whose presence is illegal or detrimental to the public welfare — compare exclusion

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