In re Robert A. Bautista

Transcript of Oral Argument presented by Deportation Defense Attorney Raymond Lahoud, Esquire before the Board of Immigration Appeals

On August 10, 2011, Deportation Defense Attorney Raymond Lahoud had the honor of presenting Oral Arguments before the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") in Falls Church, Virginia. Out of the thousands of appeals the BIA receives each year, it grants fewer than five oral arguments. Often, the decision as to whether or not to grant an oral argument depends on the individual case and whether it will have far reaching implications across the nation. In the matter before the BIA, the case was one of first impression and the BIA's decision will reach immigration courts from New York to Philadelphia to York to San Diego.

The key question in this case was whether or not New York State's Attempted Arson in the Third Degree statute is an aggravated felony, as defined by the Immigration & Nationality Act ("INA"). Mr. Lahoud, who practices across the United States, with a focus on the New England (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, etc.) and Mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Ohio, Washington, DC, Virginia, etc.) regions, argued that it does not and that the statute is nothing more than a crime of moral turpitude (CIMT). The debate between Mr. Lahoud and the Department of Homeland Security’s Attorney was long and contentious.

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Reference Info:Federal, 3rd Circuit | United States

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