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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That fear led to the 1798 passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts, which, among other things, tightened restrictions on criticism of the government and loosened those on deportation of non-citizens. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs? And More Questions From Our Readers," 11 July 2019 Bar-Zohar’s account isn’t entirely accurate, according to Hassan Jasari, a Muslim from Bitola who says his late uncle risked his life to bring water to Jews awaiting their deportation. Cnaan Liphshiz,, "In North Macedonia, unearthed headstones shed new light on community the Nazis destroyed," 9 July 2019 Besides banning citizens from some African states, Trump has also imposed visa restrictions and heightened the deportation of people from other African countries. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Top American universities are doubling down on their presence across Africa," 5 July 2019 On June 22, Trump postponed the immigration sweep, announcing a two-week reprieve from the deportations of people living in the country illegally. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky nun on the US border crisis: 'God sees our failure to love'," 3 July 2019 Biden also diverged from Obama on the deportation of immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "2019 Democratic Debate Night 2: What We Learned From Each Candidate," 28 June 2019 Many rightly blame the mass deportations of gang members from the United States in the mid-Nineties for the growth and radicalization of gangs in El Salvador, but Salvadoran policies were just as decisive. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 Now, that 20-year-old arrest has resulted in her deportation to her native Nicaragua. Dan Sweeney,, "Miami-Dade woman deported over 1997 marijuana arrest, report says," 6 July 2018 Barrios, a mother of two, sought sanctuary at the church in early June after ICE informed her of her impending deportation. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Cynthia Nixon Says ICE Is a ‘Terrorist Organization’," 22 June 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 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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