deportation

noun
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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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 Lawyers also said some separated parents have been pressured into agreeing to deportation in order to reunite with their children. Esmeralda Bermudez, latimes.com, "'You don’t love me anymore?': A son is separated from his father at the border, then comes a wrenching call," 11 July 2018 In a flash, the 33-year-old Guatemalan was in handcuffs, in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, headed to jail and probable deportation. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 That leaves them vulnerable to deportation if certain policies are changed. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Hundreds rally in Patterson Park to protest Trump immigration policies," 29 June 2018 Texas' Port Isabel Service Processing Center has been set up as the staging ground for the families to be reunited prior to deportation. The Christian Science Monitor, "Texas charity has taken in 32 immigrant parents separated from kids," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of deportation

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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deportation

noun
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

deportation

noun
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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