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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The Trump administration’s new push for more federal detention facilities for immigrants awaiting asylum hearings or deportation has brightened the outlook for the country’s two largest private prison operators. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Trump’s Immigrant-Detention Plans Benefit Private Prison Operators," 2 July 2018 Black immigrants face the dual threat of bias in the criminal-justice system and cruelty in the immigration and deportation system. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 The investigative branch of ICE that spearheaded the raids doesn't handle deportation matters and has been at the center of a push to dissolve the federal agency and split off on their own. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man charged with assault after being shot during Homeland Security drug raid," 13 July 2018 Ash Sarkar, a leftist journalist and campaigner for the Stop Trump Coalition — which is protesting the President’s upcoming U.K. visit — was accused of not caring about Barack Obama’s history of widespread deportations. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "I Can’t Stop Watching This Woman Yell ‘I’m a Communist, You Idiot’ at Piers Morgan," 12 July 2018 And cast member Jasbir Singh Vazquez plays a guy who shows up at the offices of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, requesting his own deportation. Chicago Tribune,, "11 recommended shows to see right now," 12 July 2018 Their efforts to eradicate homosexuality left gay men subject to imprisonment, castration, institutionalization and deportation to concentration camps. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Museum documents persecution of gays in Nazi Germany," 10 July 2018 And there are no signs of deportations slowing down. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "3 Troy siblings move to Albania to live with deported mom," 10 July 2018 Noah had been staying with Inestroza in Texas after he was separated from his mother and she was being held in the Platte County jail pending deportation. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Netflix recording of ICE officer shoving lawyer might not be used in investigation," 6 July 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 \

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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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