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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Mora has previously said that an order for deportation had been on her record since 2006. Reema Amin,, "Maryland woman detained by ICE after check-in, activists say," 9 July 2018 Buy Photo All immigration lawyers know the axiom: Handling deportation cases in immigration court is akin to trying death penalty cases in traffic court. Jonathan Lai,, "Most immigrants facing deportation don't have lawyers. N.J. is changing that," 3 July 2018 Related stories from Charlotte Observer Charlotte judges are denying bond hearings in deportation cases. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "'Ready for action': Charlotte protesters join effort against immigration policies," 30 June 2018 At the Brooklyn Army base, a guard called ICE on a pizza deliveryman married to an American citizen with two daughters, putting him up for deportation; after which area restaurants started refusing to deliver to the base. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "Blacklist Every Last One of Them," 26 June 2018 Nationally, only about half of juveniles facing deportation are represented by a lawyer, according to Justice Department data. Michael Biesecker,, "Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse," 21 June 2018 At least 10 Orange County cities have sided with the Trump administration in its fight with California over a law that forbids state and local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration agents in many deportation cases. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Orange County Fights Turning Blue. And the Resistance Is Formidable.," 8 June 2018 The new policy is expected to send a flood of deportation cases — and legal challenges — into federal courts. Cindy Carcamo,, "Children are likely to be separated from parents illegally crossing the border under new Trump administration policy," 8 May 2018 Yet in deportation cases, those with lawyers are 10 times more likely to win their cases. Janet H. Cho,, "Ohio's 513,592 immigrants sustain state's population, economy: CSU report," 23 Apr. 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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