de·​por·​tee | \ ˌdē-ˌpȯr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio) , di-\

Definition of deportee

: one who has been deported or is under sentence of deportation

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Synonyms for deportee


émigré (also emigré), evacuee, exile, expat [chiefly British], expatriate, refugee

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Examples of deportee in a Sentence

the deportee vowed that he would someday return to a liberated nation

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Members of the Detroit’s Iraqi diaspora and immigrant advocates waged a legal battle against the Trump administration, contending that deportees would face persecution, torture or death in Iraq. Los Angeles Times, "Iraqi Chaldeans supported Trump. Now one of their own died after being deported," 12 Aug. 2019 As part of a deal to escape President Trump’s travel ban against a host of majority-Muslim nations, Reuters reported, Iraq agreed to accept deportees. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "A death in Iraq belies Trump’s religious freedom agenda," 9 Aug. 2019 As part of a deal to escape President Trump’s travel ban against a host of majority-Muslim nations, Reuters reported, Iraq agreed to accept deportees. Tim Elfrink,, "A Detroit man was deported to Iraq, a country he’d never been to. He died from lack of insulin, family says," 8 Aug. 2019 Under binational agreements, Reyes said, deportees from Mexico and Canada can be removed as quickly as the same day of their arrest. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cities brace for immigration raids; Milwaukee officials urge residents to 'know their rights'," 13 July 2019 The border documents also can be used for a free bus ride from the border crossing to the deportee’s hometown. Stacy St. Clair,, "What could happen if ICE raids come to your neighborhood?," 12 July 2019 In border cities like Reynosa, migrants and deportees are frequently targeted by criminal groups, sometimes extorted and attacked. Kevin Sieff, Washington Post, "Mexican officials hail tariff-averting pact with U.S. even as worries emerge," 8 June 2019 Traditionally, Tijuana’s shelters are temporary pit-stops for migrants heading north of deportees adjusting to life in Mexico. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Migrants returned to Mexico describe “impossible situation”," 1 July 2019 Also, publicizing law enforcement operations can jeopardize officer safety and tip off potential deportees. Elliot Spagat,, "Trump could have tough time meeting his deportation threat," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of deportee

1865, in the meaning defined above

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de·​por·​tee | \ ˌdē-ˌpōr-ˈtē How to pronounce deportee (audio) \

Legal Definition of deportee

: a person who has been deported or is under an order of deportation

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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