Immigration Priorities Questioned
As the Obama administration vows to re-engineer immigration policy to target criminals, a new report says that in recent years, a high-profile federal program shifted its focus away from catching the most dangerous illegal immigrants who were evading deportation orders.
(By Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post)
Definitiondeport Hide phonetics
to force someone to leave a country, especially someone who has no legal right to be there or who has broken the law:
Thousands of illegal immigrants are caught and deported every year.
The refugees were deported back to their country of origin.
deportation Hide phonetics
noun [C or U]
There were mass deportations in the 1930s, when thousands of people were forced to leave the country.
deportee Hide phonetics
a person who has been, or is waiting to be, deported
verb [I or T] to decide officially:
Only the Appeal Court can rule on this point.
The judge ruled for/in favour of/against the defendant.
[+ that] The government has ruled that the refugees must be deported.[+ object + noun or adjective]
The courts have ruled his brave action illegal.
Heath Ledger's death in New York City has been ruled an accident.
See also overrule.
ruling Show phoneticsnoun [C] a decision:
[+ that] The court has made a final ruling on the case that the companies acted illegally.