un·​doc·​u·​ment·​ed | \ ən-ˈdä-kyə-ˌmen-təd How to pronounce undocumented (audio) \

Definition of undocumented

: not documented: such as
a : not supported by documentary evidence undocumented expenditures
b : lacking documents required for legal immigration or residence undocumented workers

Examples of undocumented in a Sentence

The company cannot reimburse you for undocumented travel expenses.
Recent Examples on the Web There are roughly 10 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Illegal alien or undocumented immigrant? Colorado the latest to debate replacing terms," 14 Feb. 2020 When President Trump called in his State of the Union address for legislation that would allow crime victims to sue sanctuary cities for offenses committed by undocumented immigrants, CIA Director Gina Haspel rose to her feet, clapping. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Is the CIA’s Director Going Full MAGA?," 12 Feb. 2020 Michigan has the second highest rate of ICE arrests among all states in the U.S. with at least 100,000 undocumented immigrants, the Free Press reported last year. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "ICE arrests 75 people in Michigan and Ohio in 1 week," 12 Feb. 2020 Twelve other states have laws that also allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses, but none have been subject to retribution from the DHS. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "More than a travel inconvenience: New York State braces for the economic impact of Trump’s Trusted Traveler bans," 11 Feb. 2020 The agency also issued subpoenas to the city seeking more information about undocumented immigrants in its custody. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, "Shooting of Man in the Face by ICE Turns Into a Trump-New York Fight," 11 Feb. 2020 At least 12 other states and the District of Columbia allow undocumented immigrants to apply for state driver’s licenses. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "New York to Sue Homeland Security Over Global Entry Ban," 7 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg’s plan emphasizes access to capital for Latino entrepreneurs, college affordability, improved health care and a path to citizenship for this country’s estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: Bloomberg’s risky campaign plan hinges on Texas," 7 Feb. 2020 The most famous plank in that platform is Medicare for All, which would replace the entire private health-insurance industry with a government-run programme free to all Americans (including undocumented immigrants) at the point of service. The Economist, "Iowa overShadowed The shambolic Iowa caucuses did little to unite the Democrats," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of undocumented

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Undocumented.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undocumented. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of undocumented

: not having the official documents that are needed to enter, live in, or work in a country legally
: not supported by evidence that consists of documents : not having written proof

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