deportation

noun
de·​por·​ta·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtā-shən, -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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Claudia Muñoz is the Immigration Programs Director at Grassroots Leadership, an organization mobilizing against mass incarceration and deportations that works closely with families like Daisy’s. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Why Doesn't Criminal Justice Reform Doesn't Include Immigration Law?," 9 Jan. 2019 Immigrants apprehended at the border can dodge immediate deportation by seeking asylum. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Chief Justice and the President," 27 Dec. 2018 This is the most consistent pattern of the Trump administration’s deportation agenda. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 Under the administration policy implemented in May, adults who otherwise might have been directed into civil deportation proceedings were instead criminally prosecuted for entering the country illegally. Tony Perry, BostonGlobe.com, "Most migrant children under 5 won’t be reunited with parents by deadline," 9 July 2018 The protest in Philadelphia comes amid a growing national call from immigration advocates to abolish ICE, with some Democrats saying the agency has become a deportation force that targets black and brown people. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?," 6 July 2018 The standards help the agency decide whether to contract with facilities to house detainees awaiting decisions on deportation and provide guidelines for ICE inspections. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "ICE Drafts Guidelines With Fewer Restrictions on Restraining Pregnant Women," 21 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration hasn’t yet increased arrests or deportations beyond circa-2011 levels. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 Trump in 2016 had campaigned heavily on a platform of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, calling for mass deportations and referring to some Mexicans as rapists. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking President Trump on migrants, Saudis, Hispanic vote," 22 Oct. 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 \

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 \

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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