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
Recent Examples on the Web Approval of those visas plummeted under the Trump administration, and since 2018, immigrants who apply for them are at risk of deportation during the process. Washington Post, "Pakistani woman says Northern Virginia housekeeping job was labor trafficking," 21 Feb. 2021 Along with fears of deportation, education also can be a problem. Gisela Salomon, Star Tribune, "Latinos face barriers like fear, language in getting vaccine," 16 Feb. 2021 At the time of the incident, Richard said the family pleaded guilty to protect his wife, who was a Japanese citizen at risk of deportation. NBC News, "Parents convicted in 'balloon boy' hoax pardoned by Colorado governor," 24 Dec. 2020 He's authorized to live in the U.S., so fears of deportation have nothing to do with it. Eugene Garcia, Star Tribune, "Language barriers, wariness make vaccinating immigrants hard," 22 Jan. 2021 Traoré lost his legal protection to remain in the country as a minor and authorities began deportation proceedings against him. NBC News, "French baker's hunger strike saves apprentice from deportation," 16 Jan. 2021 Many advocates for the undocumented were already concerned that people might avoid vaccines for fear of deportation, even as the virus takes a heavy toll on their communities. Washington Post, "Live updates: U.S. again shatters records after 2,800 new patients require hospitalization in a single day," 5 Jan. 2021 The crimes landed him in deportation proceedings, but immigration court hearings and appeals bought him many years. Los Angeles Times, "In East L.A., coronavirus has rewired the rhythms of daily life," 28 Dec. 2020 The facility is one of dozens nationwide where immigrants who meet ICE criteria as a public safety threat are held while awaiting deportation proceedings to determine if they will be removed from the country. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "California ICE officials say they're unable to detain reoffenders released because of the pandemic," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of deportation

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of deportation was in 1595

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2 Mar 2021

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“Deportation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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